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Rays 12, Royals 0: Rays dominate in every possible way

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Now this was a fun baseball game (only from a Rays perspective).

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So, the first two games of this Royals series has not been an offensive clinic. Tonight was a significantly different story.

1st Inning Cycle

The Rays offense hit more extra-base hits in the 1st inning than they had in the first two games of the series. In fact, the offense hit for the cycle in the first inning:

- Forsythe double

- Kiermaier and Brad Miller singles

- Souza HR

- Nick Franklin triple

After it was all said and done, the Rays scored four runs, and for Royals starter Edinson Volquez, it could have been worse. It would be a sign of a real long night for Volquez and a really good night for Rays hitters.

Seattle SS Report

There has been a lot of talk about Brad Miller, who has lost his shortstop role to Matt Duffy and reacted like a human being about it by being disappointed. Tonight, Miller showed that no matter what position he'll end up playing in the field, he brings an exciting bat to this team.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Brad Miller showed off some opposite field power for his 18th HR of the season.

The other former Seattle Mariners shortstop turned utility player, Nick Franklin has been trying his best to stay on the big league club. Franklin went 3-5, with the previously mentioned 3B, and flashed some good leather with a nice jumping catch at the wall in the 9th to help preserve the shutout.


Tim Beckham was the only Rays hitter to not reach base, but he did add an RBI and made a really nice sliding catch in foul territory from 1st base.

The Rays had a man on base in every inning in the game, 7 BBs, 14 hits, and two 3-run bombs (one from Souza and one from KK).

For as good as the Rays offense was, the Royals defense was the equal and opposite reaction. On this night it was a total Lolfense, with 3 errors, poor choices, and multiple missed plays.

Odo the Door

Not to be lost in this offensive avalanche was the performance from Jake Odorizzi. Odo was tremendous over his six innings of work, giving up just two hits and weak contact galore.

Especially impressive was Odorizzi's splitter, which was dancing out of the zone all night, and the Royals batters just could not find an answer. Odorizzi's Splitter induced 8 swinging strikes and 3 of his 6 Ks.

With the 6 shutout innings tonight, Odorizzi has a really nice 21 and 1/3 shutout innings streak going, and third straight game without allowing an earned run.

With a few months left in the season, we are in the search for silver linings. Tonight was a platinum lining.