Rays Straight Murder the Twins, Win 15-3

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 28: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a three-run home run while Steve Holm #27 of the Minnesota Twins defends home plate during in the sixth inning of their game on April 28, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rays defeated the Twins 15-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

This recap comes from the everlasting SBN Tampa Bay.

Following last night's blueprint, the Tampa Bay Rays (13-11) scored early, often, and late against the Minnesota Twins (9-14) today, completing their second straight blowout, 15-3. Ben Zobrist played the hero, falling one base short of the cycle while hitting 2 doubles, a homer, a single, and a Rays record 8 RBI. The slugging super-utility man now leads the team with 6 home runs and is on pace for yet another career year.

The Rays received solid contributions from all over the field. Here some highlights:

  • Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) picked up his second win, pitching 6.1 innings while being tabbed for only 3 runs. He had 3 strikeouts and 1 walk, despite not having his greatest stuff on the day.
  • Casey Kotchman had a solid day at the plate, sneaking a home run into the overhang in right field, altogether going 2 for 5. Matt Joyce also went 3 for 4, with 3 singles.
  • Johnny Damon also had a fine day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a triple and a walk, stretching his hit streak to 15 games. Damon, B.J. Upton, and Ben Zobrist each had a steal, too, as nothing seemed capable of stopping the Rays offense.
  • Jake McGee and Adam Russell added another pair of rather quiet performances. McGee did allow a hit, which caused an additional run to score on Hellickson's account.
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