By: Daniel Satter
Yesterday, the Rays defeated the Orioles 8-6. Drew Smyly took the mound and pitched deep enough to earn the win to improve his record to 3-2. Smyly pitched 5.2 innings with giving up 5 earned runs and he gave up 2 home runs. Smyly walked 3 batters and struck out 6 O’s. May look like Smyly had a bad outing, but he honestly had a good outingdespite the 2 homers.
Next, at the top of the 2nd inning the Orioles tallied 3 runs. The Rays answered back by hitting a 2 run shot by rookie Tim Beckham. It was a 3-2 game that was quiet until the bottom of the 5th were the Rays exploded for 6 more runs that extended the lead to 8-3. In the bottom of the 5th, Grady Sizemore sent a screamer in the gap that drove in 3 more Rays. Sizemore doubled on that hit. The lead was moved to 5-3. The next scoring scene in that inning was James Loney doubling on a line drive that drove in 2 more runners for a 7-3 lead. The Rays final run of the night came on double by Nick Franklin that scored the slow moving Loney to a 8-3 lead. In the top of the 6th inning and 9th inning the Orioles combined to score 3 runs that totaled up a 8-6 final with Brad Boxberger earning his 35th save on the season.
Also, Evan Longoria had an impressive defensive play that could be a top 10 defensive play on MLB Network. The play ended the bottom of the 7th inning.
The one hitter who is on fire is Mikie Mahtook. Mahtook went 5-for-5 tonight. 3 singles and 2 doubles for him in those 5 hits. Mahtook is on fire and is looking like a lock for a starting outfield job for next season. Mahtook improved his batting average to .301. Mahtook has hit .441 (15-for-34) over his last 11 games.
Orioles: Lefty Wei-Yin Chen is ready to finish up the season on a high note. He is tied second on the team in wins and has a 3.44 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 172 2/3 innings.
Rays: Ramirez (10-5, 3.75 ERA) will look to build on his last impressive outing, when he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Yankees. Ramirez earned a no-decision after pitching his longest outing of the season at 7 2/3 innings. He is 2-1 with a 4.01 ERA in six career appearances (five starts) against the Orioles.
Note: Carlos Pena’s number 23 was retired before the game and Blake Snell is the next best starter in the making.