Prior to the bottom of the 9th inning of Sunday afternoon’s Citrus Series finale, the Tampa Bay Rays had played lousily. They had showed signs of life, but way too late as they fell by one run in the first two games of the series.
With things looking dim once again on Sunday, the Rays rallied from a 4-1 deficit to load the bases with two outs, and now down, 4-2.
Daniel Robertson stepped in and made history as he launched the first walk-off grand slam in franchise history to give the Rays their first victory since returning from the All-Star break.
Chris Archer labored through a tough second inning and delivered a solid outing as he struck out 13 Marlins over 6 innings pitched. Ryne Stanek delivered a scoreless 7th and Adam Kolarek provided two scoreless innings of relief in the 8th and 9th.
Carlos Gomez had a two hit days, quietly since the start of June, Gomez has been among the better hitters on the team. Since June 1st, he is hitting .256/.357/.372, and despite not lighting up the charts in the power department, he has a 110 wRC+.
- The Process Report analyzed Nate Eovaldi, who has been extremely good for the Rays this year. With the trade deadline just a week away, Eovaldi is likely in his last days in a Rays uniform.
- Over at The Athletic, two separate articles mention Rays players
- Emily Waldon & Melissa Lockard looked 6 minor league pitchers with big league projections. One of the pitchers identified was Rays LHP prospect, Colin Poche
- Eno Sarris spoke with 10 MLB players and they explained what they did to become All-Stars, Blake Snell was among those to contribute to the conversation
- Kevin Kiermaier is hurt again