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Rays 3, Angels 1: Tampa Bay Win a Pitchers Duel

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Tyler Glasnow and a fever of relievers make a d’Anaud bases loaded double stand up

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jaime Barria, Tyler Glasnow, and eleven relievers combined in an old fashioned pitchers duel on Saturday night, with the Rays coming out on top of the Angels 3-1 thanks to a big hit from Travis d’Anaud. It was a game where the Angels had more chances, but the Rays made theirs count.

Tyler Glasnow got the start, going the front three scoreless, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out five. He came out throwing fire right from the beginning.

He also got some help from Eric Sogard, who made a nice play to retire Pujols.

Glasnow ran into some trouble in the second, but was able to pitch his way out of it. Simmons reached on an high chopping infield single and advanced to second when third baseman Joey Wendle’s throw was wide of his first. The Angel’s shortstop then moved up to the third on a wild pitch. still with only one out. But Glasnow buckled down, retiring Thaiss on 100 at the knees and on the corner.

Glasnow then got Hermosilla on a 2-2 curve to end the scoring threat.

The Angels got another scoring chance in the third. With one out, Goodwin drove one just over the glove a racing Kiermaier. Goodwin would end up with a triple when KK’s strong throw was just a hair late. Regardless of the outcome, it was just fun baseball.

Glasnow again kept Anaheim off the scoreboard, getting Fletcher to pop out to second and fanning Calhoun with 100 at the knees. It was a great way to end his second outing since coming back from the IL.

Trevor Richards came on and worked through scoreless fourth and fifth innings, thanks in part to a strong throw from d’Arnaud a nab Simmons stealing, and a grab of a sinking liner by Pham in left center from a four-outfielder defense.

On offense, the Rays did not advance a single baserunner past first base, as they notched just two hits and one walk.

And then came the sixth. It’s rare that fly out that doesn’t score a run is the most pivotal point in an inning. But such was the case when the Rays finally broke through.

It started with one out, when Joey Wendle singled on a ground ball the other way and Meadows drew a walk, ending Barria’s day. Brad Ausmus made the call for hard throwing righty Keynan Middleton. He would face just one hitter, and he “did his job” in getting the fly out. But the drive was deep into the right field corner, easily allowing Wendle to third. Ausmus again came with the quick hook, bringing in lefty Miguel Del Pozo to face Ji-Man Choi. And that is when the dance took place.

With the shift on, the lefty specialist was clearly rattled as Wendle stretched his lead. At some points, Wendle’s giant lead extended over halfway home. He also made several bluffs in an attempt to draw a balk. A Meadows steal of second also added to the fun. Choi eventually drew a 3-2 walk from the distracted Del Pozo, loading the bases and ending the specialist’s night. And none of that dance happens without the Pham fly out.

Ausmus again make a call to the pen, this time for righty Taylor Cole to face Travis d’Arnaud with the bases loaded. d’Arnaud worked a full count, then doubled on a bad read by Hermosillo in left, emptying the bases.

3-0 Rays.

Peter Fairbanks worked the bottom of the sixth for the Rays and quickly found himself in some trouble. After Calhoun reached on an error by Sogard, Pujols lined a hard single to center to put two on with one out. But the hard-throwing righty came back to strikeout Walsh and get Simmons to ground into a force play.

It was Nick Anderson’s turn in the seventh, and was not the guy we’re used to seeing. With one out, he hit Hermosillo with an errant curve. He then missed badly with a fastball to the backstop, moving the Angel’s centerfield up 90 feet. A groundout from Bemboom moved the runner to third, and he scored on another yanked fastball. A single from Brian Goodwin followed. But a dazzling play by Eric Sogard made sure there was no more damage.

Oliver Drake worked the eighth and struck out the side in order, including a quick pitch that surprised Albert Pujols.

Emilio Pagan nailed down his 20th save in a clean ninth.

The Rays go for the sweep tomorrow at 4 PM.