Home runs, Yarbrough lead Rays to victory

by Gary Shelton on May 24, 2019 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Adames had a single, double and homer./CHUCK MULLER

Friday, 4 a.m.

There for a while, Ryan Yarbrough had the look of yesterday’s hero.

Turns out, he has a tomorrow, too.

Yarbrough, who won 16 games a year ago, marked his return from the minor leagues with a dominating performance in Thursday night’s 7-2 victory over Cleveland. He spread four hits over his 7 1/3 innings and walked only one in highlighting a comfortable win for the Rays. Tampa Bay had four home runs in the victory.

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Yarbrough made his return from the minors count./JEFFREY S. KING”It was great to see Yarbs come back from the work he had put in in Durham to get back up here,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “We all knew it was just a matter of time.

He was just impressive. He got back in the zone and attacked a little more. The last  time we saw him, he was picking off edges here and there. Putting himself in some bad counts. He had the same thought process, the same sequencing. He just committed more to the strike zone.”

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first on homers by Tommy Pham and Avi Garcia. Willy Adames added a home run in the second on his three-for-four night. Pham also had three hits.

Kevin Kiermaier had the Rays’ first inside-the-park homer when Oscar Mercado and Leonys Martin collided.

The Rays won a big game for the second straight day with an opener. This time, it was Yarbrough.

“He was outstanding,” Cash said. “We needed a boost. We got aggressive with the bullpen (the game before). I don’t  think we were anticipating he would get that deep, but he did and he was outstanding.”

Adames is hitting .321 in May.

“Willy had a great game,” Cash said. “He had a lot of energy. He knocked the cover off the ball a couple of times. It’s his time to go. I told him ‘Go ahead if you want and carry us for a little white.’ ”

The Rays will start Blake Snell tonight at 7:10 p.m. Cleveland will start Shane Bieber.

 

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Larry Beller May 24, 2019 at 6:36 am

So turns out no opener is needed after all for Yarbrough which is what I’ve been saying (on this website) for awhile now. And he pitched into the 8th inning! Amazing what a guy can do when the quick hook is put away.

Think of how many fewer innings the bullpen could have worked last year if they would have given this guy the opportunity sooner. Hopefully some of the other Rays “bulk” pitchers will get a chance to prove they can handle more. At least when they are pitching well.

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Gary Shelton May 24, 2019 at 10:10 am

Yarbrough was good. I wouldn’t say he convinced me the Rays should stop the opener strategy, though. The team has an excellent record with it. Yarbs, Chirinos and Beeks remain the bulk guys. I’d use it less than they do, but it had had successes.

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