Hot Rays look to add to Mariners’ woes


The Tampa Bay Rays, winners of 5 straight to begin a 10-game West Coast highway swing, will look to clinch a four-game sequence Saturday night time after they face the Seattle Mariners within the third matchup between the groups.

Supervisor Kevin Money will name on 26-year-old Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.13 ERA), whojoined the Rays on Might 21, 2021, when he and fellow reliever J.P. Feyereisen have been acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Willy Adames and pitcher Trevor Richards.

Rasmussen and Feyereisen — additionally having a breakout season with a 2-0 file and a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings — contributed tremendously to Tampa Bay’s second consecutive American League East-winning marketing campaign.

The suitable-handed Rasmussen went 4-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 20 appearances, with half begins and half reduction outings after the commerce final season.

Money saved the native of Puyallup, Wash. — lower than an hour south of Seattle — within the starter’s function getting into 2022, a spot Rasmussen has excelled in.

Over 5 begins up to now, the Oregon State alum has been robust, giving up 15 hits in 23 innings, and his pitch rely has constructed as much as not less than 79 in his previous three appearances.

In two profession outings (one begin) towards the Mariners, Rasmussen is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 7 2/3 innings. He is allowed two hits, walked one and struck out 13.

That lone begin was April 27 because the Rays beat Seattle 3-2 in Tampa. In six innings, he yielded two hits, no runs and struck out 9 towards one stroll.

“He is itching to discover a strategy to get deeper into ballgames,” Money mentioned. “Final yr on the finish of the yr, he was extremely environment friendly. The quantity of (swing and) miss he created was a spotlight for him.”

The Mariners and supervisor Scott Servais have been annoyed by Friday’s gorgeous 8-7 loss, bringing their skid to 5 video games.

The house membership acquired a giant night time from Eugenio Suarez, who hit two homers and drove in three runs.

Slumping Jarred Kelenic, hitting simply .127, offered a pinch-hit two-run homer within the eighth for a 6-5 result in seemingly go away Seattle in good place with Paul Sewald coming in to shut out a win.

Nonetheless, Sewald — who had not allowed a baserunner in six appearances spanning six innings — allowed two singles adopted by a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Manuel Margot, finally sufficient to ship the Mariners to defeat once more.

“Numerous actually good issues in that recreation tonight, however we’re disillusioned it did not go our means on the finish,” mentioned Servais, whose membership is 3-5 in one-run video games. “I assumed it was one in every of our higher video games offensively, most likely since our final homestand.”

Within the fifth inning, Seattle misplaced catcher Tom Murphy (dislocated shoulder) on a clumsy catch-and-tag play on the plate.

On Saturday, Seattle’s Marco Gonzales (1-3, 4.05) will make his sixth begin this season and has made that many towards Tampa Bay in his profession.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA towards the Rays, with the opposition hitting .237 towards him.

He began towards the Rays and Rasmussen on April 27 however left the sport after being struck on the left wrist by a 109 mph drive by Harold Ramirez simply 11 pitches in.

–Area Degree Media


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