Misery Continues As Phillies Sweep Rays

Phillies Batter Rays Pitching In Series Finale

The Tampa Bay Rays fell 10-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies. It was their fourth loss in a row and sixth straight at home. Their 3-12 record is the worst start in franchise history, a franchise with plenty of losing seasons.

Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 2.84 ERA) takes the loss in his first MLB start.  He worked 4.2-innings allowing five runs (2-earned) on three hits. He struck out two batters, hit a batter, and walked a pair. On the afternoon, he threw a career high 88-pitches with 58 for strikes.

Matt Andriese followed Yarbrough to the mound and allowed an inherited runner to score. He worked 2.1-innings and allowed two earned runs on one hit while striking out 3 and walking 2. He made 43-pitches with 25 for strikes.

Andrew Kittredge worked 1-inning allowing three earned runs on four hits two strikeouts.

Chaz Roe worked the ninth for the Rays. He walked the first two batters but came back to retire the next three.

Yacksel Rios (2-0, 2.08 ERA) picks up the win for the Phillies. Philadelphia has now won  six in a row to improve to 9-5 on the year.

How It Happened:

The Rays struck for two runs in the first inning thanks to a lead off home run by Denard Span and a 2-out RBI triple by Mallex Smith.

The Phillies answered the Rays in the third inning, with the help of some poor defense by Tampa Bay.  Andrew Knapp led off the third inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Pedro Florimon who stretched it into a double after Mallex Smith hesitated getting the ball back into the infield.

Cesar Hernandez followed with a hard shot to Daniel Robertson at shortstop. Robertson threw wildly at first and Knapp scored the Phillies first run. The ball would have been a tailor made double play ball had Florimon been held to a single.

The Phillies added a 2-out bases loaded clearing double by Scott Kingery to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. Kingery appeared to pop out in the plate appearance but the ball hit a wire supporting the protective netting along the first base dugout and fell safely out to the turf.

The Rays cut the Phillies lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a 2-out RBI single.

Matt Andriese came into replace Ryan Yarbrough in the fifth inning with a runner at 3rd and 2-out and Rhys Hoskins at the plate. Hoskins delivered a 2-out RBI single to plate the run and increase the Phillies lead to 5-3.

The Phillies broke the game open in the eighth inning scoring 5 runs. They scored 2-runs on a RBI single by Maikel Franco and a 3-run homer off the bat of Aaron Altherr.

The Rays added their fourth run in the eighth inning, loading the bases with nobody out. After both Jesus Sucre and Daniel Robertson struckout, Denard Span drew a walk.

Rays Struggle In Clutch:

The Rays had opportunities to cut into the Phillies lead, but came up short.  Overall, they were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

– In the fourth inning Daniel Robertson ended the inning with a man on 3rd by grounding out to third.

– In the fifth inning Johnny Field doubled for his first big league hit and C.J. Cron was hit by a pitch, but Mallex Smith popped out to the third baseman to end the frame.

– In the sixth inning, Joey Wendle was hit by a pitch and Jesus Sucre singled. Both runners moved into scoring position with 1-out on a double steal. Unfortunately, Daniel Robertson popped out to the catcher and Denard Span’s sinking liner was snared by Aaron Altherr in right to end the threat.

– They loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth, but Jesus Sucre and Daniel Robertson struck out. Denard Span did draw a walk to push one run across, but Carlos Gomez struckout to strand the bases loaded.

KK Injured:

Kevin Kiermaier singled in the first inning, but Rhys Hoskins bobbled the ball and Kiermaier hustled his way into second arriving with a head first slide. He injured his thumb on the slide, stayed in the game to run, and departed after the inning. The preliminary word on Kiermaier’s injury from the club is a right thumb sprain and he’ll be re-evaluated by the team on Monday.

Span Leads Off With A Bang:

Denard Span got the scoring started for the Rays belting a homer to lead off the home half of the first. It was his 15th career leadoff homer. His last was an inside-the-park job against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, 2017.

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