Rays bats come alive in four game sweep of Boston
The Rays went on the road for the second time this season and found their mojo. The Rays bats came alive as they pounded the Red Sox in sweeping the four-game series.
The Rays hit.364 in four-game series and .365 with runners in scoring position. The Rays scored 42 runs in the series and they have now won six in a row.
The Rays banged out a total of 59 hits with 24 of those going for extra bases. The Rays hit nine home runs in the series led by Brandon Lowe and Hunter Renfroe who each hit two.
Kevin Cash was pleased with the offensive output. “We know this is a tough place to play at times, and we were fortunate to come in and put together a couple of good days offensively. The whole series, the guys were tremendous.”
The Rays have raised their team batting average 29 points in the last four games, raising their average to .234.
The concern tonight was Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow has not looked sharp in his last two starts. It seems Glasnow has taken a step back with every start this season.
Glasnow was only able to go four innings today giving up five runs while striking out eight.
Jalen Beeks and Anthony Banda worked in relief with Beeks getting his first win of the season, and Banda his first save.
The Rays have done a good job putting together a pitching staff as the injury bug as hit the pitching staff early in the season.
Starters Charlie Morton and Yonny Chirinos are on the 10 day DL. Andrew Kittredge was able to get one out in his start on Tuesday before he was pulled. Kittredge suffered a sprain of the UCL and is done for the season.
Kittredge may have to have Tommy John surgery. If that is the case, we may not see Kittredge on the mound until sometime in 2022.
Chaz Roe, Brendan McKay, Oliver Drake, and Colin Poche are all on the DL. Poche is out for the season. Drake, Morton, and Chirinos should all be back within the week.
The Rays are 12-8 on the season as they head to Buffalo this weekend.
The Rays will play the Toronto Blue Jays as they have made Buffalo their home for the 2020 season. Canada would not permit the back and forth travel across the border causing the Blue Jays to seek a new home.
With the Rays pitching staff resembling a mash unit, the Rays may go back to the opener strategy this weekend that worked well for them last season.
Ryan Yarbrough and Trevor Richards should get some good work this weekend.Anfrew