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Rays’ Offense Overwhelms Mariners Arms in 11-3 Win

The Tampa Bay Rays were hot offensively tonight, defeating the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, 11-3.

It was quick start to the game offensively for Tampa Bay with Yandy Diaz connecting on a first pitch solo blast in the 1st, giving the Rays the lead, 1-0.

Tampa Bay would tack on another run in the bottom of the 2nd from a Jose Siri RBI-single after Richie Palacios led off the inning with a double. Taylor Walls would also grab a single in 2nd, giving the Rays three straight base hits to begin the inning.

However, the bats would leave both Walls and Siri stranded, going down 1-2-3 on flyout plays to close out the 2nd.

Zack Littell, the Rays starting right-hander tonight would successfully get through 4 innings, striking out six hitters in the process including Julio Rodriguez twice.

But, Littell would run into trouble, similarly to what Taj Bradley face last night, allowing a two-run homer to 1B Ty France, tying the game up, 2-2.

All-Star right-hander Luis Castillo would also eat up a chunk full of innings for Seattle, tossing 5.1 innings while holding Tampa Bay to one hit between the 3rd through 5th frames.

Castillo though would also run into trouble, in the bottom of the 6th, allowing four runs across off an RBI-triple by Taylor Walls and a two-run shot by Ben Rortvedt.

The monster inning would propel Tampa Bay back out in front, 6-2, but Seattle would cut that in half off a Mitch Garver solo shot to put the Mariners back within 3.

In the bottom of the 7th, Tampa Bay would repeat what they did in the 6th by plating across three runs off of an RBI-single, first from Richie Palacios that would score Josh Lowe and a two RBI-single from Ben Rortvedt in a bases loaded situation.

Palacios and Siri were able to score in part to fellow former Ray Luke Raley having trouble fielding the groundball in right field (E7), giving Siri to come around and score, in which he successfully did.

Isaac Paredes would pile on more in the 8th off a two-run shot to left field, putting the Rays up big on the Mariners, 11-3.

Edwin Uceta, the right hander who was called up for Chris Devenski this afternoon, would shut the door on the Mariners, finishing the final two innings of the ballgame.

“It’s contagious,” said Walls when talking about the performance. “Good at bats. When you watch someone have a good at bat and be under control and feel like they’re the one that’s, running that bat and they’re seeing it well, it carries over into the guy behind you.”

After tonight’s game, Yandy Diaz now is one hit shy of tying the longest hitting streak in Rays’ history, currently tied for the second longest (Wilson Ramos, 2018; Quinton McCracken, 1998).

“I feel good,” said Diaz postgame. “Hopefully I can take advantage of all the opportunities at the plate and keep on getting hits.”

The Rays finished with three multi-hit performances on the night (Walls, Rortvedt, Palacios) and will look to take that into tomorrow’s series finale, trying to sweep the Mariners. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. EST/9:10 PST.

Post Game Notes

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Dylan was born in Tampa, FL, and is the Founder of The FLow Show, a podcast that covers all things baseball in FL. He also is a current Play-By-Play Announcer for PHSC Baseball and works for the Toronto/Dunedin Blue Jays as a Scoreboard and Music Operator for the team. His favorite teams he roots for are the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Rays and his favorite player is Vladmir Gurrero Jr.

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