After losing 24 of their last 27 games, the Rays finally broke an 8-game losing streak today in grand fashion. Four home runs did the trick as the Rays pounded their way to victory off the bats of Evan Longoria (twice!), Oswaldo Arcia and Brad Miller.
Evan Longoria kicked off the fun in the bottom of the 1st, as he launched a Dylan Bundy fastball into the left field seats to tie the game at one. Oswaldo Arcia knocked one out to left as well, for two runs in the second, to put the Rays up 3-1. Brad Miller joined in the following inning, popping an oppo shot to left field in the 3rd to give the Rays a 3-run lead.
Odorizzi gave one back in the 6th, but Longo absolutely demolished a ball in the 8th, knocking it so far out to center field that I'm not sure where it would have landed had this been an open air stadium. This ball was hit DEEP. 5-2 Rays was your final.
At this point, any time a Rays pitcher not named Chris Archer takes the mound, it may be his last time doing so in a Rays uniform. If that is the case with Jake Odorizzi, today was a fine audition. Jake scattered seven hits, two earned runs and a walk over six frames while striking out seven on the day. It hurts to be a seller as we approach the trade deadline, but it's nice to see potential trade chips increase their value in front of a whole lot of scouts.
Next up, Smyly takes the mound in Colorado against the Rockies' Tyler Anderson tomorrow night. Go Rays!