Rays shut out Marlins once again to win

by Gary Shelton on May 16, 2019 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Diego Castillo saved his fifth game./JEFFREY S. KING

Thursday, 4 a.m.

First things first. The Marlins are awful. Let's agree on that.

They've won just 10 games in a quarter of a season. They're near the bottom in most of the measurable offensive statistics. Except for average, where they are all the way up to next-to-last.

That said, the Rays completed a fairly impressive two-game sweep of Miami Wednesday night.

The Rays beat the Marlins 1-0 Wednesday night, one day after a 4-0 victory. The Rays used 11 pitchers in the two games, allowing 14 hits and zero runs. They had 20 strikeouts in the two games.

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Beeks got the win for the Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

"They were outstanding," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "Sometimes you've got to find a way to win a 1-0 game. A lot of things have to go your way. Our pitching was outstanding. We put ourselves in some tight, sticky situations. It was impressive how they stepped off, took a deep breath and made some big pitches and kind of kept Miami’s offense quiet."

For the Rays, Anthony Bemboom had a second-inning double to drive in the game's only run. Bemboom, who also had a single, tweaked his knee in the fifth inning, however, and seems to be headed for the injured list.

“It (his double) was awesome," Cash said. "It ended up being  the game-winning  hit. A big double. He comes up and beats the shift the next time. (The injury)  is frustrating. We feel for him. He's going to miss some time. He has a knee sprain."

The Rays used seven pitchers in the game. Jason Beeks went three innings for his third victory of the season, and Diego Castillo recorded his fifth save.

For the Rays, one of the biggest innings came in the sixth, when Emilio Pagan allowed runners to reach second and third with no one out. Pagan struck out two batters and managed a pop fly to get out of the inning.

The Rays are off today, then open a three-game series in New York against the Yankees. The Yankees will start C.C. Sabathia Friday against a still-to-be-designated opener for the Rays.

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