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Rays Taj Bradley Had a Month of June To Remember

Tampa Bay Rays starter Taj Bradley started the 2024 season recovering from a strained right pectoral that he suffered during spring training. The strain put him on the DL, preventing him from breaking camp with the and pushing back his season debut until May 10th.

For the month of May, he made four starts and finished the month 1-2, with a 3.13 ERA and 29 strikeouts through 23 innings pitched.

On May 20th against the Boston Red Sox, Bradley struck out 10 batters, one shy of his career of 11 in a game, but came up on the losing end.

In his last start of the month, on May 26th, against the Kansas City Royals, Bradley tossed five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, three walks and struck out six batters. He was given a no decision as the Rays scored four runs in the seventh inning to take the lead, but after Bradley was already taken out of the game.

The start on June 1st was one to forget, as Bradley lasted just 3.1 innings, his shortest start since July 29, 2021 (3.1 IP), allowing nine earned runs on nine hits, which included giving up four home runs.

The Los Angeles, CA native bounced back seven days later, from that rough start against the Baltimore Orioles, by tossing five innings, allowing one, on three hits, striking out seven, but was given his second straight loss, as the Rays could only muster two hits and no runs against the O’s.

On June 13th, Bradley was back in the win column after seven strong innings against the Chicago Cubs, allowing two unearned runs, with three hits, and matching his career of 11 strikeouts.

In his next two starts, on June 19th and 24th, Bradley earned no decisions even though he tossed a combined 11.1 innings, allowing three earned runs, six walks, and struck out 11. In both games, the Rays rallied late in the game for the victory, not scoring early enough to put their starter in line for victory.

Bradley started the final game in the month of June for the Rays and pitched another gem, earning his third victory, while allowing just three hits over 5.2 shutout innings, and once again matching his career high with 11 strikeouts. At one point in the game he struck out five straight batters and then he retired eight straight batters before he walked CJ Abrams in the top of the sixth, his last inning of work.

Among the Rays starters, Bradley is second on the team in wins, but is posting the best ERA (3.42) and third with 72 strikeouts.

For the month of June, the Rays were 14-12, after finishing the month of May 14-13. They are winners of seven of their last 10 games, and sit in fourth place, 11 games out of first in the AL East.

 

 

 

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