The first day of Players’ Weekend is here! Typically one of my favorite weekends. Players graciously get to express themselves through custom cleats, batting sleeves, and fun nicknames on the back! Here are some highlights from the Rays’ players:
Can’t see it but Pham’s cleats are in tribute to the late L.A. rapper, Nipsey Hussle who passed away earlier this year.
The uniforms for Players’ weekend were very exciting with the Orioles wearing blacked out uniforms, and the Rays wearing white out uniforms. Except for the pitcher, who is wearing a black hat?
I can only assume its to help the hitter pick up the baseball. Anyways, here is the lineup:
For those of you reading who don’t know who those nicknames belong to:
- Matt “Duffman” Duffy
- Tommy “Phamtastic” Pham
- Austin “Meads” Meadows
- Jesus “El Causa” Aguilar
- Willy “The Kid” Adames
- Mike “Frenchy” Brosseau
- Kevin “Outlaw” Kiermaier
- Guillermo “El Conde” Heredia
- Mike “Z” Zunino
RHP Trevor “Richie” Richards
Rays got their first runner in scoring position after a leadoff walk to Jesus Aguilar and Mike Brosseau singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, and Kevin Kiermaier to the plate.
Mike Zunino would keep the scoring going by singling home Kiermaier and Brosseau to make it 3-0 Rays
BUT THATS NOT ALL. Matt Duffy walked and Tommy Pham singled on a botched play by Johnathan Villar to load the bases for Austin Meadows.
Austin Meadows hits his first career grand slam to give the Rays a 7-0 lead after two innings.
Trevor Richards had a very solid outing against the Baltimore Orioles.
Richards kept the O’s hitters off balance with a healthy combination of fastballs and changeups, with a couple of sliders and curveballs thrown in. Result was 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, and 5 Ks on 83 pitches.
Aaron Slegers came in for the 7th inning and besides a solo homer to Pillar in the 8th closed out the last three frames of the game.
Sergers went 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 0 Ks to seal a much needed big win for the Rays. They move to 76-54 and for now, have a 0.5 game lead on Oakland.
Tomorrows game will feature Jose Alvarado as the Opener with Austin Pruitt as the bulk guy. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.