The Tampa Bay Rays have won two in a row for the first time this season as they just barely were able to hold on against the Chicago White Sox during yesterday’s game.
The Rays drew 10 walks during the 6-5 victory with Denard Span and Joey Wendle accounting for half of those. Carlos Gomez blasted his 2nd home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning as part of a multi-hit day. Mallex Smith and Daniel Robertson continued their hot streaks with two hits apiece as well.
Smith was active on the basepaths once again, stealing a base. However, he was also caught trying to steal home on a pickoff play at first base.
Ryan Weber and Alex Colome made it interesting in the ninth as the Rays 6-1 lead vanished with the White Sox making it a one run game, but Colome nailed the door shut and the Rays took their first series victory of the season.
All of the Rays 3 victories this year, have come by one run.
The series finale will be played today at 2 p.m. EST with Yonny Chirinos taking on former Ray, James Shields.
- Brendan McKay was among the minor league’s top performers once again with a solid multi-hit game
- Bill Chastain caught up with James Shields and spoke to him about the 2008 team and the current Rays squad
- The Rays made a minor move last night as they acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has been assign to Triple-A Durham.
- Rays seek to calm fears that stadium won’t fit Ybor’s historic look
Fun Fact: Yesterday was the 24th time in franchise history the Rays have walked at least 10 times in a game. They are now 21-3 when reaching double digit walk totals.
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- McCovey Chronicles looked around the league for ex-Giants, so of course the Rays came up