Josh Fleming shuts down the Royals in Rays win.
After a 4-1 win in 30-degree weather in Kansas City, the Rays have won four in a row and are doing it the way they did last year with good pitching and timely hitting.
Missouri native Josh Fleming allowed two hits in just over five innings Monday night, and the bullpen did the rest. Ryan Thompson, Hunter Strickland, and Chris Mazza kept the Kansas City hitters in check through the final three-plus innings to help the Rays win.
Cash thought the Rays pitching was excellent against the Royals. “It was just a really well-pitched game by Fleming and the rest of the relievers.”
The Rays have allowed the opposition to score eight runs during the four-game winning streak, and Cash has managed the pitching staff during this four-game win streak.
Kevin Kiermaier, who was activated from the DL over the weekend, drove in the first two runs of the Rays game, which would prove to be enough. The Rays would score one in the seventh and one more in the ninth on their way to the 4-1 win.
Cash talked about what Kiermaier brings to this Rays team. “Kiermaier came up big for us. He does a lot of things on a nightly basis to help us win, and his bat is going to get going maybe today was the start of it.”
The Rays have been inconsistent to start the season, and that inconsistency is manifesting itself in the team numbers.
The Rays are in the bottom third of baseball in pitching and hitting. The Rays 4.39 team ERA ranks 20th in MLB, while the offense is hitting .221 as a team, good for 21st in baseball.
The Rays have a 9-8 record on the season after a three-game sweep of the Yankees, and winning the first of three with the Royals.
Diego Castillo has been great out of the bullpen this season with four saves, 14 strikeouts, and a 1.00 ERA.
Tyler Glasnow has been the anchor in the starting rotation with a 2-0 record and a 0.73 ERA.
The Rays pitching staff continues to be hit hard by injuries as Colin McHugh was placed on the ten-day DL with a lower back strain. McHugh had some issues with the back during spring training but managed to work his way through the discomfort.
Reliever Ryan Sheriff, placed on the restricted list, will re-join the Rays at their Minor League camp. It will take Sheriff some time to get back into pitching shape as he has been away from the Rays for three weeks.
Chris Archer is still in “rehab mode,” according to Kevin Cash. The Rays manager said they should have more information about Archer later in the week when the Rays return home.
Rich Hill will take the mound for the Rays on Tuesday night as the Rays go for a season-high five wins in a row.