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Rays 16, Orioles 4: In the big inning(s)

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Rays pummel Baltimore pitching as Yonny Chirinos spins seven strong and Nate Lowe goes 4 for 5 with a dinger.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Rays kicked off the second half in style, pummeling Dylan Bundy early and beating the Orioles 16-4 at Camden Yards. The Rays batted around twice in the game, in the first and then again in the seventh, while Yonny Chirinos ate innings like a champ.

In the Big Inning

The Rays put up a crooked number in the first on the beleaguered Orioles, effectively ending the night before it really got started. It started harmlessly enough, when All-Star Austin Meadows grounded out. Tommy Pham followed by lofting a lazy fly the other way that Just. Kept. Going.

Kevin Kiermaier followed that by lacing a double up the left field line. He scored when Yandy Diaz served an 0-2 pitch into center for a single. 2-0 Rays.

Nate Lowe then took a 1-2 changeup to the wall in right, putting runners on second and third. Avisail Garcia failed to get the runner home when he followed with a strikeout. But Diaz scored by making a great read on a wild pitch during the Wendle at bat...

...and Lowe scored when Joey singled to center. 4-0!

Wendle swiped second easily, then scored on a d’Arnaud single to left. 5-0, and it’s still the first inning. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Adames doubled over Trey Mancini’s head, scored TDA. Willy advanced to third on the throw home. 6-0! And then Meadows, not wanting to be the guy to make two outs in the same inning, ripped a double to right, scoring Adames and making it 7-0.

Did I mention this was the first inning? Let’s see these all in one place.

That’s a lot of Ozzie Timmons pushups.

The Rays had so much fun in the first, they decided to keep it going in the second. Yandy Diaz got it started with a one out single against new pitcher Gabriel Ynoa. Nate Lowe then made it 9-0 with an oppo bomb.

To really put this outburst in perspective, consider: when Garcia followed by ripping a single past Chris Davis at first, it gave the Rays a hit out of every spot in the lineup. In the second inning.

The Rays put up their tenth run in the fourth. Diaz reached on a Villar error, then went to third on Nate Lowe’s long single to right. He scored on Garcia’s double play grounder.

The Rays got number 11 on a KK-special in the sixth. It started when his pop fly to right dropped in front of Mancini. He deked his way into second when Mancini threw behind him and he scampered to second. Then the scored when he took off for third on a Diaz grounder to short, and Villar threw it away.

Things got silly in the seventh inning. The Rays batted around again while putting up a five-spot. Four singles, a ground-rule double by KK, and a wild pitch pushed the Rays tally to 15. Another laser single off the wall by Nate Lowe made it 16.

The Rays got their 20th hit of the night when Wendle lofted a double off the wall in left. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the Rays stranded him there. Boo!

And then, just because baseball gonna baseball, outfielder Stevie Wilkerson and his 70 mph heater came on in the ninth and set down the Rays in order.

Three Cheers for Chirinos

You know who you want pitching when your team is winning a blowout? Yonny Chirinos, that’s who. He was a strike-throwing machine, working through seven innings on 93 low stress pitches. He was charged with just two runs on just four hits, while striking out eight and walking nobody. The first run came in third, when Pham couldn’t flag down Rio Ruiz fading fly toward the left field line. It went for a triple in the third, and he scored on a Villar single. The second run came in the fourth, when Renato Nunez flipped a nice splitter below the zone up and over the wall in left.

Ian Gibaut Debuts

Ian Gibaut (jih-Boe) made this game look easy in his major league debut, sitting down the Orioles in order in the bottom of the eighth. Then he made it look a lot harder in the ninth when he gave up two runs on a couple walks, a double, and a sac fly. His fastball looked to have nice run on it.

The Rays and the O’s have a doubleheader tomorrow. Brendan McKay goes in first game at 1 PM. Charlie Morton has the nightcap, scheduled to start at 7PM.

Notes:

  • Nate Lowe was 4 for 5, with a double, a homer, and two “singles” off the wall that were 110 and 111 mph off the bat.
  • Mancini is a horrible outfielder.
  • Per the broadcast team, the seven-spot was the third biggest first inning in Rays history.
  • Austin Meadows was lifted for a pinch hitter in the third. Per Tricia Whitaker, he was removed “at staff discretion to rest for tomorrow.”