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The Rays are on a five game win streak, benches clear following game, and Wilson Ramos looks to be an All-Star

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The Tampa Bay Rays are on another streak, this time it’s a five game winning streak as they have back-to-back sweeps over the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals as they’re firing on all cylinders, with each player providing them with something extra.

Yesterday afternoon, they tallied a first inning run against Max Scherzer and that’s all they would need as Nate Eovaldi was unhittable for the first five innings and ultimately held Washington in check for six innings, racking up nine strikeouts over the course of the day.

Diego Castillo pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to Jose Alvarado in the 9th inning.

That’s where things got fun.

Alvarado walked Bryce Harper to kick off the inning.

Then, Chaz Roe was brought in. Instead of removing Alvarado from the game, he was moved over to first base, and Jake Bauers was moved to left field, while Mallex Smith went from left field to right field.

Johnny Field, who had come into the game as a defensive replacement for Joey Wendle, was removed to facilitate the move.

Roe did his job, striking out Anthony Rendon, then Cash came back out and finished his lineup finagling as he put Alvarado back on the mound. Brought Jake Bauers back to first base, moved Mallex Smith back over to left field, and Carlos Gomez technically replaced Chaz Roe and took over in right field.

Alvarado would promptly give up two bloop hits and loaded the bases with one out with a one run lead.

Sergio Romo was summoned and got Trea Turner to pop out to shallow right field for the second out.

Then, Michael A. Taylor came up, who had some very brief tension with Sergio Romo during the series in Washington. Romo would strike Taylor out on three pitches to end the game, then proceeded to verbally barrage Taylor, which prompted the benches to clear and a lot of shoving ensued, plus some hugging, but not much else.

Neil Solondz’s recap of the game, with more audio from Jake Bauers and Nate Eovaldi

The Rays are off today, but they’re now one game under .500 at 39-40.

Rays Links

  • WDAE poses the question, are you willing to help the Rays pay for a new ballpark?

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