Snell Can’t Find Command, Rays Win Streak Ends At Five

Snell Struggles In Shortest Outing Of Year

The Tampa Bay Rays five game winning streak was snapped losing to the Minnesota Twins 5-1.

After a 2-hour rain delay Blake Snell took the mound and couldn’t find the strike zone. In his shortest outing of the season he allowed three earned runs on five hits. He walked three, struck out two, and uncorked two wild pitches. He threw 73 pitches with 48 for strikes.

It was his shortest outing since lasting just an inning on September 26, 2017 in New York against the Yankees.

Snell (12-5, 2.27 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who see their record drop to 48-45 on the year.

Kyle Gibson (4-6, 3.42 ERA) picks up the win for the Twins who improve to 42-49 on the season.  Fernando Rodney retired the last two batters to pick up his 21st save.

Gibson was sharp working eight innings allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine and walking one. It was his longest outing since September 13, 2016.

After failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the first, the Twins grabbed the lead in the second on a double play ball off the bat of Bobby Wilson.  They added a pair of runs on RBI doubles by Robbie Grossman and Jorge Polanco in the third.

Eddie Rosario gave Minnesota room to breath hitting his 19th homer, a 2-run shot in the seventh, to push their lead to 5-0.

Hu’s Impressive In Return:

Prior to the game the Rays officially announced that Willy Adames was sent to Triple-A and Chih-Wei Hu was recalled to take Adames spot on the roster. Hu entered in relief of Snell and allowed a pair of runs in five innings of work.

Rays Struggle In Clutch:

The Rays finished the night 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.  They had their best chance to do damage loading the bases with 1-out off Ryan Pressly in the ninth. Fernando Rodney entered the game with the tying run at the plate.

Joey Wendle lined back to the mound, Rodney knocked it down to retired the runner at the plate for the second out. Matt Duffy, pinch hitting for Adeiny Hechavarria, struckout to end the game.

Rallies seemed to find Ji-Man Choi and this wasn’t a good thing as he went 0-for-4 in clutch situations. With runners at 2nd and 3rd in the first he struck out. He stranded Jake Bauers at second lining softly to second in the fourth. Wilson Ramos was tethered to second after Choi flew out to right in the seventh. Finally, he struck out with 2-on and nobody out in the ninth.

Up Next For Rays:

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins play the second of their four game series Friday night at 8:10 est. Nathan Eovaldi (3-3, 3.35 ERA) takes the mound for Tampa Bay. Former Ray Jake Odorizzi (4-6, 4.28 ERA) takes the ball for the Twins.

 

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