Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays were once again victorious over the Kansas City Royals, taking home a 4-1 victory.
Blake Snell was dominant for Tampa Bay, registering six innings of one run ball on just four hits, racking up 11 strikeouts. Adam Kolarek, Chaz Roe, and Sergio Romo would all pitch scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.
On the offensive side of things, several Rays had great days with Willy Adames and Tommy Pham both knocking three hits apiece, meanwhile Mallex Smith, C.J. Cron, and Michael Perez also had multi-hit days. Unfortunately, the injury bug bit the Rays again with Tommy Pham leaving game early due to a dislocated finger. He is day-to-day with the injury.
Tonight, the Rays will play the third game of their four game set with the Royals. Ryne Stanek will open for Tampa Bay, he will be opposed by Jakob Junis.
- With his performance last night, Blake Snell further strengthened his argument to be the AL Cy Young.
- With the Rays turning over their roster to their rookies, veterans have seen their playing time diminished despite putting up solid results. C.J. Cron is the most notable as he is leading the team in several offensive categories, but has been receiving less plate appearances as of late.
- Another day, another Rays prospect putting on a show in the minors. Last night, it was Resly Linares’s turn once again.
Around the League
- The Washington Nationals officially surrendered yesterday as they traded Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs.
- Just moments later, the deal was reached with the Cardinals to send Matt Adams back to St Louis
- The baseball world could have looked incredibly different yesterday, but nothing happened after the Dodgers claimed Bryce Harper off of revocable waivers
- 10 years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Jose Bautista in a deal that no one really thought much of at the time. Bautista would go onto feast on opposing pitchers for nearly a decade
- Highly touted pitching prospect, Michael Kopech made his MLB debut last night
- The New York Yankees bullpen could be in trouble with David Robertson going down with a tender shoulder and Aroldis Chapman dealing with a sore knee