Ryan Yarbrough got the "start" on bullpen day and had a decent beginning, putting up a zero after issuing a walk to Carlos Santana thanks to a great catch in foul territory by Mallex Smith.
The Rays then got things going early with a leadoff homer by Denard Span.
The @RaysBaseball wanted some offense, so Denard Span led off today's game with his first HR with the team! Watch the series finale against the Phillies live now on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go! #RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/a6Wmh07N7s— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 15, 2018
KK would turn a single into a hustle double after a bobble by Rhys Hoskins. Unfortunately, his hard, face first slide caused him to sprain hus thumb. He would stay in and score off a Mallex Smith triple, but would be taken out and replaced by Johnny Field.
The 2nd inning looked great for Yarby as he had a quick 1-2-3, but unfortunately that's where the magic stopped. The 3rd saw Yarborough give up a single to Knapp and double to Florian start off the inning. A nice play, but rushed throw by Daniel Robinson caused the speedy Cesar Hernandez to reach And Knapp to score from 3rd.
Yarby recovered well, getting Santana and Herrara to fly out, but hit Hoskins to load the bases. A bases clearing double by Kingery would make it 4-2 Phillies.
Rays would score again in the 4th after a RBI single by Sucre to bring in Cron. 4-3 Phillies.
The bullpen lets things get out of hand again
Yarborough would be lifted for Andriese after walking Cesar Hernandez, and getting Santana and Herrera to line out. Andriese gave up a single to Rhys Hoskins and make it 5-3.
Johnny Field racked up his first MLB hit in the 5th with a 1- out Double!
Johnny Field. Now... Johnny Hit.@JohnnyField1 doubles for his first big league knock. pic.twitter.com/SdM6u7enSN— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 15, 2018
Rays would have opportunities to score, but they were ultimately thwarted.They had runners on 2nd and 3rd after a double steal by Wendle and Sucre, but Robertson popped out, and a beautiful diving catch by Aaron Altherr prevented any more runs from scoring.
After the Rhys single, Andriese settled nicely going 2.1 IP with 3 strikeouts, and 2 walks.
Unfortunately those two walks were back to back in the 8th, and Andriese was replaced by Andrew Kittredge, who loaded the bases with a soft infield single by Kingrey.
A routine ground ball goes right through Matt Duffy's legs to allow 2 more runs to score and make it 7-3 Phillies, who then added more with a 3 run homer by Altherr. Still no outs... It’s here I’m reminded it’s going to be a long season. The Rays got the outs to finish the frame but it was 10-3 Phillies.
The bottom of the 8th started off well, with back to back singles by Mallex and Duffy, followed by a walk by Wendle to bring up the base stealing machine Jesus Sucre with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Y’all know what happens next.
10-4 Phillies. Yay, progress?
Chaz Roe came on in the 9th and proceeded to walk the first two batters, but then got two popouts and a strikeout on a beautiful slider to end the ninth.
Rays start the 9th with a bloop single from Field for his 2nd MLB hit, but it would be for naught as the game ends with a popout by Cron, strikeout by Mallex, and groundout by Duffy.
With more games delayed due to weather on Jackie Robinson day, the Rays prove once again that Domes are super useful early in the season.