Rays Break Through In 9th For 1-0 Victory
The Tampa Bay Rays finally got a break to go their way and capitalized with a 2-out hit with a runner in scoring position to beat the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 1-0. The victory was the first win for the Rays in Kansas City since July 24, 2011 breaking a seven game losing streak.
The game was in doubt until the top of the ninth inning when the Rays grabbed a 1-0 lead. Wil Myers led the inning off with single and remained at first as Ben Zobrist popped out to shallow center field and Evan Longoria popped out to first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Then the Rays got a break, Royals closer Greg Holland uncorked a wild pitch to advance Myers to second. James Loney ran the count full before sending a single past second baseman Danny Valencia to drive in Myers for the games first run of the night.
Grant Balfour worked the ninth inning allowing a leadoff single to Mike Moustakas – his first of the season – but then retired Alcides Escobar on a fly out to right followed that by striking out Jarrod Dyson and Norichika Aoki.
The game was billed as a pitching duel between two of baseballs hardest throwing pitchers. According to Fangraphs.com in 2013 Chris Archer‘s fastball averaged 95 mph which ranked fifth of all pitcher with at least 100 innings pitched. The Royals Yordano Ventura only made one start in 2013 but his fastball in that one game average 97.5 mph.
The heat was on display on Tuesday night in Kansas City as both pitchers were able to effectively command their arsenal and hold the opposing lineups scoreless.
Chris Archer delivered seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits striking out four and walking two. He threw 91 pitches including 60 for strikes. According to Brooksbaseball.net he fired 48 two-seam fastballs and 5 four-seam fastballs. The two-seam fastball averaged 95.6 mph and maxed out at 98.1 mph. His four-seam fastball averaged 95.3-mph and maxed out at 96.3 mph.
Chris Archer Pitch Speed (Brooksbaseball.net)
Yordano Ventura worked six scoreless innings on just two hits striking out six and walking none. According to Brooksbaseball.net he threw 57 four-seam fastballs and eight other fastballs. The 57 four-seam fastballs averaged 98.9 mph and maxed out at 102.8 mph. The other fastballs thrown averaged 90.6 mph and maxed out at 91.5 mph.
Yordano Ventura Pitch Speed (Brooksbaseball.net)