Last night the Rays hit plenty of home runs, including a shot over the moon by Steven Souza Jr., but it wasn't enough to stymie the likewise longball hitting Mariners.
In a faceoff of Drew Smyly and Wade Miley, neither was wiley. Miley allowed only four hits, but three were jacked. Smyly allowed ten hits in his five turns, but most of the damage was stacked.
Tampa Bay battled back, thanks in part to Longoria's work at the plate, but closer Steve Cishek put together a four out save. The eighth ended with a sliding catch by Nelson Cruz to get Souza out with two men aboard, and followed with Cishek striking out the side in the ninth.
- Steve Pearce had two of the three longballs by the Rays, the first a well struck flyball just inside the foul pole, and the second looking to be the same swing, but this time towering to left-center. Both were no doubters, and Pearce did well to keep the Rays in the game.
- The longball of the night, however, belongs to Dae-Ho Lee. The three run shot cemented the Mariners lead.
- The image at the top of the page is of Corey Dickerson, when he nearly swung out of his shoes on a strikeout in the ninth.
- Home plate umpire Jerry Layne yelled for time, but then called a balk on Smyly, which would have plated the runner from third base. A livid Smyly, Kevin Cash, and Tom Foley all stormed home plate and called for a review, and after the umpries talked it over, they agreed and replaced the runner on third. Amazing.