Rays’ Smyly throws a one-hitter at Padres

by Gary Shelton on August 16, 2016 · 0 comments

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Drew Smyly allowed only one hit in his fifth straight quality start.

Drew Smyly allowed only one hit in his fifth straight quality start.

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

For two  batters, Drew  Smyly looked as if he might have a tough time of  it  Monday night.

Five pitches into his start, Smyly gave up a home run to Alexei Ramirez.

After that,  nothing.

Smyly allowed only two walks to the next 22 batters to shut down the San Diego Padres. His one-hitter (seven innings) was his best outing of the year.

It was Smyly's fifth straight quality start.  In those five games, Smyly is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

“This game is full of streaks, hitting and pitching,” Smyly

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Kiermaier celebrates his three-run homer.

Kiermaier celebrates his three-run homer.

said. “You’ve just got to try to ride out the good streaks and try to limit the bad ones. But I feel good right now, making quality pitches, and I’ll try to ride it out to the end of the season.”

The Rays have had a good rotation since the all-star break, with both Smyly and Jake Odorizzi leading the way.

The key?

Boxberger fought through control problems.

Boxberger fought through control problems.

“Being efficient, I guess,” Smyly said. “They were swinging pretty early, they were really aggressive. I got quite a bit of first-pitch outs, which helped my pitch count obviously. Just tried to stay out of the heart of the plate ... tried  to nibble on the corners, and get some weak contact which I did.”

Manager Kevin Cash talked about how crisp Smyly was.

“Just really efficient,” he said. “(He) kept his pitch count down. A lot of early outs. Made them put the ball in play, so just another strong outing for him. It’s nice to see the turnaround that he’s had, among some other guys in our rotation.

"I think he’s trusting all of his stuff more. When you go into a rut like he was in, it’s very easy to doubt what pitch you want to throw, but right now it seems like he’s very trusting of everything he’s throwing.”

The Rays got three hits from centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, including a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning that wrapped up the game.

“Since KK’s moved up in the lineup, I think he’s done a really nice job,” Cash said. "I know he’s not setting the world on fire getting hits, but he’s doing a lot of things to help us win games. Tonight, the three-run homer was great, but he got the two singles, then he got the (walk), really solid at-bats. He gets on base and does exactly what we need, and that’s steal bases, create some havoc, put pressure on the pitcher and on the defense.”

Kiermaier said he wants to be more of a threat.

“I just want to try to take offensive steps forward from here through the end of the season. I know I’ve been a little inconsistent thus far throughout the season,” Kiermaier said. “This is a never-ending process of working. It’s always a work in progress. I’m just trying to have as many quality at-bats as possible and get on for our big guys to drive me in. If it’s a single here or there, steal a couple bases and get in scoring position for Longo, LoMo and Brad — that’s my game, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

The Rays continue to be in last place in the AL East, but they're 14-15 since the all-star break and have outscored opponents by 38 runs.

The Rays play the Padres again tonight, with Blake Snell throwing against former Tampa Bay pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Morrison slides in to score a run for the Rays.

Morrison slides in to score a run for the Rays.

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