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Rays 5, Indians 3: We’re all going to Snell for this one

Oh yes, this was good.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Prime time national broadcast baseball! Ken Rosenthal! Lots of advertising on the stadium walls with Flo from Progressive! It must be Saturday night in Cleveland.

Let’s see how the big game shook out.

  • a bizarre catch off first where Bauers, Wendle, and Lowe all nearly collided at the wall and no one seemed particularly please with each other even though the catch was ultimately made.
  • Former Ray Brandon Guyer made a successful if hella awkward catch in center, leaping ahed of the warning track as if the wall was right behind him, only to fall on his butt. But a catch is a catch.
  • Kevin Kiermaier laced an insane and accurate throw clocked at 100.6 mph to tag out Gomes at home plate. It saved the Rays from falling further behind as the Indians had a 2-0 lead.
  • This is weird.
  • Blake Snell struggled initially with two 20 pitch innings, allowing the Indians to strike first with doubles from both Cabrera and Gomes, but by the third inning he really evened things out and found his rhythm.
  • In the top of the sixth Matt Duffy doubled to drive in Lowe and Wendle, tying things up. Tommy Pham continues to be hot, hitting a double of his own to score Duffy, thus ending the night for Bieber.
  • Tyler Olson replaced Bieber and almost immediately gave up a double to Kiermaier and Tommy Pham got home in the space of inches, and within the span of an inning the Rays were up 4-2.
  • Reliever Oliver Perez got nailed in the hand with a comebacker from Brandon Lowe. He stayed in the game, but it looked like it stung a little.
  • Can we briefly discuss the Oliver Perez show? He looks like a wind up toy mimicking a reliever’s actions. It’s FASCINATING.
  • Kevin Kiermaier is out in the seventh? Why?
  • Snell’s final line for the night: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 9 K.
  • Ji-Man Choi out here with a three hit night. Dance dance.
  • Update on Kiermaier:
  • As of today the Rays have used their bullpen this season more than any other team in MLB history.
  • Brandon Lowe gets a home run right off the pole, 5-2 lead!
  • Jason Kipnis, in to pinch hit, manages to mirror Lowe’s home run exactly, putting the Indians one run closer.
  • Adam Kolarek came in and faced a single batter and ended things out with a Rays win.