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Rays 7, Angels 2: We will cherish Tyler Glasnow

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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hey everyone.

The Rays began their first full day without Chris Archer by throwing their new shiny toy on the mound. Tyler Glasnow got the start today and he wasted no time getting the party started as he struck out David Fletcher on an inside 97mph fastball with some cut action.

Kole Calhoun then followed with a shot into the Ray Tank to give the Angels a 1-0, which, mercy. Mike Trout then reached base and stole on the first pitch against but who cares?Glasnow took care of business after that, throwing out Trout on his attempt to steal third next, and he departed after 3 innings with 5 strikeouts and a walk to his name. A very good outing for a very important piece of the future for the Rays.

Jake Faria(!) then entered the game in the 4th and promptly struck out Mike Trout in his first action since May 22nd. Upton followed with a groundball to Adames who couldn’t make the play, then Pujols singled himself moving Upton to 3rd, and another single by Andrelton Simmons pushed the lead up to 2-0 Anaheim.

Tommy Pham led off the bottom of the 4th by taking a fastball to the ribs. Joey Wendle followed with a double down the right field line that looked good enough to score Pham. That is until Pham crossed himself up and slipped on second base, which forced him to settle at 3rd.

Then the weirdness began.

Ji-Man Choi hit a screaming liner to Upton that probably could’ve been deep enough for Pham to try to score on, however he hit about 800 mph so Pham had to hold up. I can’t exactly explain what happened next.

Take your best shot at it, I guess:

Those shenanigans gave the Rays their first run and sliced the lead in half. Willy Adames followed with a hard base hit to left that scored Wendle and tied things up.

And they weren’t done yet!

Mallex Smith was able to flex his muscles a bit and he got a triple out into the LCF gap, and just like that the Rays had a 3-2 lead.

Faria wasn’t exactly the sharpest command-wise, but he was able to keep the Angels in check and ate up 3.2 innings. It was an encouraging outing to say the least, and I’m sure the Rays have to feel the same way in his return from the 60-Day DL.

With a 3-2 lead through 5, the Rays were hoping for some more runs and hey, Willy delivered.

His 4th of the year and his career made it a 4-2 game, and it made things a heck of a lot easier.

After a Matt Duffy RBI single in the 8th that extended the lead to 5-2, Jake Bauers blasted his 9th homer of the season and boy was it pretty.

Jose Alvarado came on in the 9th to close things out and the Rays now have a chance to sweep the Angels tomorrow before the White Sox come charging into town.

For those like me who enjoy letting themselves down, the Rays are now 8 games back of the 2nd Wild Card, so who knows!

Here’s to a sweep tomorrow.

Oh, and for those intersted, Pham’s first day in a Rays uniform ended 0-for-3 with a walk, a run, and that HBP to the ribs. Fun!