Chirinos superb in dazzling win over Red Sox

by Gary Shelton on June 8, 2019 · 4 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Chirinos went eight innings for the Rays./STEVEN MUNCIE

Saturday, 4 a.m.

He was impressive. Still, it wasn’t so much what the Rays saw of Yonny Chirinos Friday night. It wasn’t what their fans saw, either.

Rather, it’s what the Boston Red Sox saw.

Batter after batter, the perplexed Red Sox would look at Chirinos as they walked back toward their dugout. Chirinos went eight innings — impossibly long for a Rays’ starter — and gave up only two hits in a 5-1 victory over Boston. It was the second time in three starts that Chirinos threw more than five innings of no-hit baseball.

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Kiermaier drove in four runs for the Rays./CHUCK MULLER

“He was outstanding,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “In the sixth inning when he got in some trouble, he bore down and  made some big pitches to (Andrew) Benintendi and (Rafael ) Devers to get through the inning. What he provided for us was huge seeing as how we’re playing four games in three days.

“Yonny had it all going . He had the fastball going, the command of the off-speed pitches just below the zone. We probably couldn’t have asked for much more from him tonight.”

Chirinos is now 7-2 on the season. He’s been successful enough as a starter to earn a full-time slot there.

“I was very happy,” Chirinos said. “I wasn’t thinking about whether they were getting a hit or not. I was just going batter to batter.”

Chirinos’ best spot was when he loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. He struck out Benintendi and Devers to get out of it, which led him to leap in joy.

“I was just trying to be aggressive,” he said. “They’re both good hitters. I was going to show some emotion that I got them out. They might get you, but I went in there just trying to attack.”

For the Rays, Kevin Kiermaier drove in four of the five runs and had three hits, including a home run. Brandon Lowe, Avi Garcia and Ji-Man Choi all had two hits, and Choi had a home run.

The Rays play a doubleheader against Boston today. Ryan Yarbrough will start the first game against an unannounced Boston starter. The Rays’ starter for the second game hasn’t been announced, but he’ll face David Price.

The first game begins at 1:05 at Fenway Park.


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BILL MYERS June 8, 2019 at 9:29 am

Wow! Eight innings! Where were these guys during the last losing streak? The Rays are only a half game back of the Yankees now! I hope can keep this streak going while I wish the Yankees some bad luck.


Gary Shelton June 8, 2019 at 10:31 pm

The Yankees buy their luck.


Larry Beller June 8, 2019 at 7:48 am

That was one of the best pitching performances of the year, if not the best for the Rays. And it came at a time when the team really needed it at the start of a big series against the Red Sox. Great job by Chirinos. If the Rays don’t make him a full time starter after that there needs to be an intervention.


Gary Shelton June 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

Ha. I certainly think he’ll get more starts, especially with Glasnow hurt. Again, nothing has to be set in stone. Start him for now while Glasnow is hurt and see how he does. If he can pitch the way he did last night (and three starts ago) or anything close, then he may force the team to go to fewer opener starts. If he can’t, well, it’s pro sports. No one is asking for favors, right? I think he has a lot going for him. He has stuff (as opposed to Yarbrough, bless him, who just doesn’t have as much of it).

I certainly can’t think of a reason he wouldn’t get a regular turn next time through the rotation. He was terrific.


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