Blake Snell is unstoppable.
Seriously, in today’s game against then Mets he did precisely what the Rays needed him to do: he dominated, and did so for seven and a third innings. He also managed to get on base twice, once with a hit by pitch — a scary one right off his left middle finger — and then again on a walk.
At one point, Snell fouled off a ball that almost took out Kevin Kiermaier in the on deck circle and KK responded by pointing out to the field as if to say, “Bro, I know you don’t do this a lot, but the ball goes that way.”
Wilson Ramos was the big hero, scoring the game’s first run, a groundout that sent Matt Duffy home. He also managed to get on base again in the top of the eighth. Carlos Gomez, who must have been forgiven by the Gatorade cooler gods, knocked in an RBI double, sending Daniel Robertson home and Ramos to third thanks to a bobbled catch in the outfield. Much obliged, Mets!
The only Mets player to really get Snell’s number today was Wilmer Flores — whose walkup song is the “Friends” theme, incidentally, clap clap clap clap — who managed to get three hits.
Speaking of Snell, he was allowed to come back on for the eighth thanks to the extra run of insurance. They’d had a pinch runner on deck but put Snell back in. A long double from Jose Reyes to the corner of the outfield that Mallex Smith couldn’t seem to capture was the first sign of trouble, and indeed once a sac single advance Reyes to third, that was the end of the day for Snell. His final line for the day was an impressive 7.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K on 112 pitches.
National League park games are always weird, as Kevin Cash executed a double switch, replacing Mallex Smith (who himself had replaced Johnny Field) with Joey Wendle and Diego Castillo with Jose Alvarado (though TECHNICALLY Wendle replace Castillo and Alvarado replaced Smith and omg how does the NL do this?) Anyway, Alvarado needed a mere one pitch to end the eighth inning, thank goodness.
Wendle figured he might as well get a base hit out of it. Oh hey, then a walk to Duffy? What do we have here... Ramos strikes again! A single to drive in Wendle.
Romo came on to finish up the night and the Rays won in a 3-0 shut out.