Ramirez leads the Rays as they finally erupt

by Gary Shelton on April 17, 2016 · 0 comments

in Baseball, general, Tampa Bay Rays

Erasmo Rameriz allowed three hits and no runs.

Erasmo Rameriz allowed three hits and no runs.

Sunday, 5:30 a.m.

Okay. Who had Erasmo Ramirez in the pool?

Heck, Ramirez wasn't even in the starting rotation until Saturday. Whoever could have seen the smiling pitcher becoming the first starter to win a game this season?

Ramirez shut out Chicago for 5 2/3 innings Saturday night, allowing only

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Miller had as many hits Sunday as all season.

Miller had as many hits Sunday as all season.

three hits as the Rays coasted 7-2. Tampa Bay got home runs from Brandon Guyer, Brad Miller and Desmond Jennings in the victory.

It was the sort of game that has been missing from the Rays all season. The pitching was effective. The hitting was there. The power was on.

“It’s been pretty quiet in the dugout,” manager Kevin Cash said. “You’ve got to credit the pitchers we’ve been facing, but at the same time we’ve got to figure out a way to beat good pitchers, and it was nice to see the guys kind of break out a little bit.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise was by Miller, who had as many hits as he had had all season (two) against the White Sox.

The Rays are now 4-8 on the season. They will start Matt Moore in today's game against the Sox.

Brandon Guyer watches his home run disappear.

Brandon Guyer watches his home run disappear.

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