Bullpen sharp as Rays finally win one in New York

by Gary Shelton on July 31, 2017 · 1 comment

in Baseball, general, Tampa Bay Rays

Colome finished an impressive five-reliever day./JEFFREY S. KING

Colome finished an impressive five-reliever day./JEFFREY S. KING

Monday, 2 a.m.

Need one word to describe the latest game by the Tampa Bay Rays?

How about “relief?”

Relief, as in the feeling of a baseball team winning after it had lost eight of the previous 10 games. Relief, as in a team stopping the slide downward in the standings.

And relief, as in the bullpen.

The Rays, who rebuilt their pen last week by trading for three new arms, won the final game of a four-game series (after losing the first three). The

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Souza drove in the Rays' final run with a double../CARMEN MANDATO

Souza drove in the Rays' final run with a double../CARMEN MANDATO

bullpen got the final 15 outs of the game against the Yankees, with five relievers allowing one hit and no runs through the final five innings.

The Rays struck out 16 times, committed two errors, walked seven and hit a batter, but they still won as the Yankees left 11 men on base.

Rookie Jacob Faria wasn't sharp in his latest start, lasting only four innings and walking five. He gave up three earned runs.

But the Rays finally won a game in the series. Corey Dickerson drove in two runs with a single. Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos and Steven Souza Jr. also drove in runs.

Still, the story was the bullpen. Sergio Romo threw 2/3 of an inning, followed by Dan Jennings (2/3), Steve Cishek (1 2/3 innings). All three pitchers are new to the Rays. Regulars Tommy Hunter and Alex Colome each pitched an inning. Colome picked up his 30th save of the year. The Rays have now used a record 28 pitchers this season.

Dickerson drove in two runs for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Dickerson drove in two runs for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Cishek got the win.

“All of the credit has to go to the bullpen,” Cash said. There were a lot of high-leverage, high-pressure situations. They calmed the situations down and continued to make big pitches.”

Faria had perhaps his toughest outing, even though he allowed only three hits.

“Jake battled,” Cash said. “He'll be the first to say that he's got to control the count better. He has to realize that walks will end up biting him. He didn't have command of any of his pitches. At one point, he was borderline with 50 percent throwing strikes. He grinded through it.”

For the Yankees, Ronald Torreyes had all three RBI, including a two-run homer.

The Rays now travel to Houston to play four games against the Astros. In the first game, Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb pitches against Charlie Morton of Houston.

Faria lasted only four innings against New York./CARMEN MANDATO

Faria lasted only four innings against New York./CARMEN MANDATO

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Larry Beller July 31, 2017 at 6:34 am

This team has potential. They don’t get a lot of breaks and they give away too many games with sloppy defense but the rebuilt bullpen can be an asset now as it was yesterday. The big question is did this all happen too late? And Stu Sterberg scares me. He was talking yesterday on TV as if Alex Cobb was just one good offer away from being traded. He was quoted in the Sunday TBT as saying “The money and talent we no longer have hurts, and makes us a bit weaker in the future.” Really Stu? You miss that money already? But today Topkin wrote all positive stuff about their plans for more potential deals and how good they feel about the team now. This afternoon is the trade deadline so we have to sweat it out and see which Stu personality wins. The miserly scrooge or the guy who wants to win baseball games. I’m not taking bets either way.

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