Glasnow shuts down Orioles for victory

by Gary Shelton on September 19, 2020

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Tyler Glasnow was overpowering./JEFFREY S. KING

Friday, 4 a.m.

Now that they are in the playoffs, a large questions looms for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Who are you going to pitch in the playoffs?

Two years ago, there would have been no debate. Blake Snell was the Cy Young Award winner, the best pitcher in the American League. Last year, Snell fell off, but Charlie Morton came through with an excellent year?

So who should the Rays open with? Morton, who has been injured and has won only one game all year? Snell, who is 4-1?

Or, perhaps, Tyler Glasnow, he of the overpowering fastball and devastating curveball? Glasnow ran his record to 4-1, as well, when he led the Rays to a 2-1 victory over Baltimore. Glasnow struck out 10 in five innings.

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The win allowed the Ray to take over the lead for the overall No. 1 seed in the American League.

"His stuff was really, really good all night long." said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. "I don’t know about the gun readings -- if they’re accurate. I’m assuming they are. He was  97-100 miles per hour. It didn’t look like a lot of fun at bats.

"I would never want to be in the box facing him, but from the side, it’s the most devasting two-pitch combo that you see. I know the height has a lot to do with that. Being 6-9 and as much ground he gains on his stride length. It’s a pretty lethal combination.”

Glasnow's biggest inning was the second. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no one out for the Orioles, but Glasnow worked his way out of it with two strikeouts and a fly ball. He threw 50 of his 95 pitches in the inning.

"I think it was good when the bases got loaded," Glasnow said. "I was calm. I felt like nothing sped up. My stuff was still sharp. Getting out of that second inning was a growth moment, as Kyle (Snyder, the pitching coach) would say."

Offensively, the Rays high moments came from the Lowes. Both Nate Lowe and Brandon Lowe (no relation) singled in runs early, and the Rays turned to their pitching.

On Nate, Cash said: ‘’I think we’re seeing a guy who is gaining confidence by the at bat, by the day. I was encouraged that Nate -- with a green light at 3-0 00 was aggressive and recognized his pitch. We wanted him to swing. We know if he gets the barrel through he can do a lot of damage. He took that chance and picked us up early with that 1-0 lead.”

On Brandon: “He’s had a tremendous season. You’re going to have some hiccups in there. He didn’t want to acknowledge that. Good. Most good players don’t. I don’t blame him. It is nice to see him have some  really good at bats. He had an rbi, but he was also the guy on base for Nate. It seemed like he was on base a lot tonight.”

Ryan Sherriff saved the game, becoming the 11th Rays' reliever with a save this season, one off the major league record.

The teams play again today at 7:35 p.m. at Oriole Park. Morton will start for the Rays against Jorge Lopez.

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