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Rays 3, Angels 1 - It's a Great Day for Tampa Bay!!!

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Seven solid innings from Matt Andriese and homers from Brad Miller and Curt Casali powered the Rays to victory in Anaheim!

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

It was Fun Day Sunday for fans of Tampa Bay's professional sports teams today. Just about an hour after the Tampa Bay Lightning smashed the Islanders 4-0 to move on to the Eastern Conference Final, the Tampa Bay Rays finished up a weekend sweep of the Angels of Anaheim to move over .500 for the first time this season.

Matt Andriese impressed in his first start of the season, allowing just four hits and one run over seven solid frames. Geltz and Cedeno handled 8th inning duties, and Alex "Nyquist" Colome wrapped it up in the 9th.

Nick Tropeano was no slouch for the Angels either. A longtime friend of Curt Casali, who would homer off of him in the fifth, Tropeano struck out ten Rays over just five and a third.

It was power off the bats of Brad Miller and the aforementioned Casali that drove the Rays to victory today. Down 1-0 in the third, after Andriese struggled early in the first frame, the Rays got to work. After Casali doubled to left, Brad Miller tagged Tropeano's first pitch and sent a line drive homer over the wall in right center to put the Rays up 2-1.

In the fifth, Casali punished Tropeano's first pitch fastball, sending it well into the left field stands to put extend the Rays' lead by another run. 3-1.

This weekend's sweep moves Tampa Bay to 15-14 on the year, as they head up to Seattle to face King Felix tomorrow night. First pitch is at 10:10 and the Rays will send Matt Moore to the mound to try and quiet the bats of our favorite trading partner.

Notes:

- Andrelton Simmons left the game with a hand injury in the third, as it looked like he rolled his wrist fielding a ball off the bat of Evan Longoria.

- The pink writing on the uniforms today took some getting used to. I kept thinking I was watching a Twins vs Twins scrimmage.

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Total comments 152
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Commenter list 4QB, Arsene Ko, Banestar, Bradley Neveu, DickMania, Dome Biscuit, JRTW612, Landlord, MagicMark, Mister Lizzie, Nick_named_Nick, Rays1118, Rufus Bunting, essenpee, kapaafire, nomo.red.evil, peteypab, raisinup, the dobber, thedudeofdudes, turntwo21
Story URLs
# Recs Commenter Comment Link
3 Rays1118 As you can tell, Andriese IS a major league pitcher!
3 essenpee Miller up over the 100 wRC+ mark for at least the time being!
3 Landlord Colome
2 turntwo21 We have many good pitchers.
2 Landlord Knowledgeable people care
2 Mister Lizzie I challenge you to go through an entire Gameday thread making only positive comments.
1 JRTW612 Finally above .500. Feels good. Let's stay there.
1 4QB Happened to the Angels P in the Morrison at bat too, this HP ump has a weird strike zone.
1 Mister Lizzie I'm sorry, but how was pitch three in that at bat not a strike?
1 thedudeofdudes Rays win!
1 Landlord Rays Win
1 DickMania Couldn't agree more about domebozo
1 Rays1118 wat.....
1 4QB Is this HP umps strikezone shifted to the left?
1 JRTW612 It is. Season-high four game winning streak too
1 4QB These angels PBP guys are boring.
1 Landlord The length of a pitcher stride affects the distance from the plate
1 essenpee who the fuck cares?
1 essenpee Casali with a 98 wRC+ now, haterz
1 Landlord The Esteemed Mr. Andersbot
1 Landlord Double Play Rays
1 Bradley Neveu The idea is the closer to the plate your release point is, the less distance it has to travel and thus reaches the batter quicker
1 Dome Biscuit Rays could improve instantly by cutting ties with Morrison and Jennings
1 Dome Biscuit A real team is over on NBC if anyone is interested in scoring
1 Landlord I'll try to get you one Nick
1 Bradley Neveu Think Andriese comes back out for the bottom 2 guys in their order? 91 pitches ain't bad and I'm pretty sure Erasmo and Colome are unavailable