MLB.com tracks a stat of the day for rays this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget of each game.
June 9: National 9, Rays 7 – Bullpen gives up a race
The Rays’ bullpen has been a huge selling point during their recent streak of success. Their rescuers kept the tracks They kept the games close together, always leaving the formation at close range and allowing for the eight comeback wins that Tampa Bay has made in the last 25 games. And the Rays did it all with a bunch of pitchers who fill a lot of different roles. But they eventually stopped on Wednesday, breaking a 19-innings goalless streak when Ryan Zimmerman scored a two-point home run against southpaw Jeffrey Springs in the fifth inning of the Rays’ 9-7 defeat at The Trop. It was the first run the bullpen had conceded since a homer in Clint Frazier’s 11th inning on June 1 in New York. Andrew Kittredge went on to concede two points (one gained) in 10th, and Diego Castillo did the same in 11th. Despite that, their relievers combined to take out 14 with only two walks and five hits allowed in eight innings.
June 8: Rays 3, National 1 – Glasnow’s strikeouts at home
Tyler Glasnow knocked out 11 batters on Tuesday, giving him double-digit strikeouts on each of his first six home starts this season. It is the longest streak of double-digit strikeouts at The Trop in franchise history, having already surpassed Chris Archer (four in 2017) and David Price (four in ’14). He is the sixth pitcher in the Wild Card era (since 1995) with at least 10 strikeouts in six consecutive home games; the others were Johan Santana (eight in 2004), Gerrit Cole (six in ’19), Max Scherzer (six in ’18), Randy Johnson (six in 1998-99) and Curt Schilling (six in ’97). Additionally, Glasnow is the first player of the modern era to beat at least 10 hitters in each of his first six home games of the season.
June 6: Rays 7, Rangers 1 – Yandy ends Homer’s drought
A few days ago, Rays manager Kevin Cash said he wasn’t worried whether beefy corner inner Yandy Díaz, who usually grinds some of the team’s best at-bats, was hitting home runs or not. But there was clearly a sense of relief from Díaz and his teammates as he threw a two-point homer against the Rays bullpen in the ninth inning. Díaz said he feels “free” and for good reason: he has played 62 games and 210 batting home runs. His latest came in August. 21, 2020. It was the second longest homerless streak of his career, behind only a 69-game stretch to start his career from 2017-18.
June 5: Rays 3, Rangers 0 – Meadows series of hits to nine
Austin Meadows extended his streak to nine games with a two-point single in the first inning. During his streak, Meadows scored .394 (13 of 33) with five homers, two doubles, one triple and 17 RBI, with as many walks (six) as strikeouts. He has also headed the majors with 37 RBI since the beginning of May. His two-point single was his 16th win with runners in scoring position this season, tying him up with Manuel Margot for team lead.
June 4: Rangers 5, Rays 4 – Impossible to win them all
The Rays’ 5-4 defeat to Rangers on Friday night was only their fourth in their last 21 games. During that stretch, they overtook their opponents, 138-70, and their four losses were five points combined. Their comeback effort was insufficient in the ninth inning on Friday, but they came back by winning seven times and overcoming deficits in multiple runs five times during this 21-game stretch.
June 3: Rays 9, Yankees 2 – Yarbs goes far
Ryan Yarbrough broke several consecutive series with his full game. Notably, it was Tampa Bay’s first full game since Matt Andriese knocked out the A’s at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2016. It was also the first time a Rays owner has recorded an elimination in the ninth inning since Yarbrough. almost reached distance in Seattle. on August 11, 2019, which ended after 100 shots and 8 2/3 innings. Finally, it was Yarbrough’s first win as a starting pitcher since that 1-0 win in Seattle, ending a 24-game streak without an individual win.
However, that trait pales for him compared to the 731 games the Rays were waiting for a full game: Yarbrough’s effort leaves the longest active streak in the Majors at 231 Toronto games, a whopping 500 fewer games than the Tampa Bay series just concluded. Yarbrough also became the second pitcher for the Rays to pitch a full nine-innings game against the Yankees, joining Chris Archer, who ruled out New York on July 27, 2013.
June 2: Yankees 4, Rays 3 – Rare Defeat vs. left-handed
The Rays dropped to 13-8 against left-handed starting pitchers this season when they lost, 4-3, to southpaw Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay had won six straight games against left-handed holders before abandoning the decision at Yankee Stadium. The last time you passed away against a left-handed starter? May 11 at Tropicana Field, also against Montgomery and the Yanks. This was also the first half of the Rays’ most recent two-game losing streak prior to this one, as they lost to New York ace Gerrit Cole the next day before starting an 11-game winning streak and winning 16 of them. subsequent 17 games. altogether.
June 1: Yankees 5, Rays 3 (11 inn) – Kiermaier celebrates in Yanks
Kevin Kiermaier doesn’t play home often, but when he does, the Yankees are usually on the wrong side. On Tuesday Kiermaier scored a solo shot in the fifth inning for his first home run of the season, and only the fourth in 85 games since the start of the 2020 season. Dating back to September 24, 2019, when Kiermaier took an away match against the Yankees reliever Stephen Tarpley, four of the central defender’s last five home runs have come against New York.