Meadows leads Rays to series win over Indians

by Gary Shelton on May 27, 2019 · 0 comments

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Monday, 4 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays had a nationwide search for offensive held during the off-season.

Who knew they’d find it at the end of their bench?

Austin Meadows continued his assault on the American League Sunday afternoon, going four-for-four (plus being hit once) to lead the Rays to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was the Rays’ third victory in four games against the Indians.

Meadows, whose average is now up to .343, had a home run, a double and two singles to lead the way for the Rays.

“He certainly looks locked into everything,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “Hitting the ball the other way. Hitting it out of the park. Pulling it down the right field line. He’s seeing the ball well every time t hat he’s walked up to the plate when healthy. 

 “He is an impact player. I don’t think it. He’s done so many good things for us. His  defense has gotten better. He can pick up stolen bases here or there. His bat has been enormous for us.”

Hard to believe, isn’t it, that Meadows played in only 10 games (and hit .250) a year ago. This season, you could argue that he’s been the Rays’ most consistent hitter.

The Rays had a bit of a shaky ending to their game, but Jose Alvarado — terrible in his last outing — came on to get his sixth save. Ryan Stanek started for the Rays and went 1 2/3 inning, and Jalen Beeks came on to pitch the next 4 2/3 innings.

I didn’t want it to happen today, but I was fine with it,” Cash said of Alvarado’s return. “We talk about short memories and everything. It’s still good to have a guy come back out and shake hands after a win. No denying that. It’s tough role. A lot of times it’s a thankless role.”

The Rays return home today to face Toronto. The Rays have not announced their starter yet, but Aaron Sanchez will start for the Blue Jays.

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