Smyly gives Rays another quality start vs. Yankees

by Gary Shelton on July 31, 2016 · 0 comments

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Tim Beckham fields a ground ball at short./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Tim Beckham fields a ground ball at short./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Sunday, 5:30 a.m.

Finally, Drew Smyly is smiling again.

Smyly finally won another game, his first since mid-May, as the Rays beat the New York Yankees Saturday. Smyly had gone 0-7 over his last 11 starts for the Rays.

On Saturday, however, he threw six innings of four-hit, two-run baseball for the Rays' 10th straight quality start. It is the second-longest streak ever for the Rays.

“Just mixing speeds,” said Smyly. “Getting back to the way I’m used to pitching

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Casali's two-run homer put the Rays  ahead for good./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Casali's two-run homer put the Rays ahead for good./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

and the way I can pitch. Mixing it up. Keep them guessing. Throwing my cutter, my curveball, my fastball on both sides of the plate. When you’re throwing all those pitches for strikes, it makes my fastball better. It makes them all better and it keeps the hitter guessing.”

The Rays have a 6-1 record by their starters and a 1.50 ERA over their 10 game streak. Opposing hitters are batting .191 against them.

“Smyly was really good again,” said Rays' manger Kevin Cash. “It was good to see. Gives up one home run and that’s his outing. Six strong innings. Tonight I think was the best we’ve seen his curveball and the best he’s felt with his curveball in quite some time. That’s something to really take into these next couple outings for him. That’s a big pitch for him, big putaway, he compliments the fastball with that pitch and we saw it tonight.”

Tampa Bay had home runs from Brad Miller, Curt Casali and Tim Beckham. The Rays also got a fine defensive catch from Kevin Kiermaier in the eighth.

“We get spoiled (by his defense),” Cash said. “We get to see it all the time, but there aren’t many center fielders or players in the game that can get to that ball, jump that high. It was an impressive catch. Fortunately for us we get to see it quite a bit.”

The Rays play against the Yankees again today at 1:10 p.m. with Blake Snell on the mound.

Smelly won a start for the first time since mid-May./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Smyly won a start for the first time since mid-May./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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