Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Game Recap June 11, 2017

 

 

The Tampa Bay Ray’s finished their series against the Oakland Athletics Sunday with a 5-4 win, giving the Ray’s 34 wins this season. The Ray’s won 3 of the four games against the A’s at home at Tropicana Field, scoring 13 runs to the A’s 4 on Friday, and went 6-4 Saturday before losing to the A’s 2-7 later in the day. The box score for today’s game can be found here.

According to the Tampa Bay Rays Instagram, the team is now 7-1-1 since May 12th.

With Sunday's win, the #Rays are now 7-1-1 in their last nine series since May 12.

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Family Fun and a Couple of Runs

Sunday’s are for the family, and the Rays didn’t disappoint. Sunday games at home mean extra family-friendly entertainment, including a face painter, juggler, magicians and an opportunity for kids to run the bases. But it wasn’t a magician that gave the Rays an edge over Oakland on Sunday.

Mallex Smith, fresh off the injury list June 2 and called up from Triple-A and the Durham Bull’s before the first game in this series June 9th, was hot today.

Full speed.💨💨

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Mallex Smith’s Hot Start

“Red-hot since his call-up, Smith is now 7-for-14 with a homer, six runs scored, three RBIs and four steals in his four games as Tampa Bay’s starting center fielder,” MLB Fantasy Player News and Updates said. Sunday alone Smith scored two runs, an RBI, a double, and a walk.

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“Just another strong game on his part,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said of Smith’s performance according to Fox SportsSmith’s interview can be found here.

Chris Archer

Tampa Bay Ray’s pitcher Chris Archer had 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 E, 6.00 ERA, and 1.67 WHIP.  He struck out 8 A’s and had 3 walks for the first time in his last five starts. His mildly disappointing performance today has been a theme lately, allowing four or more runs in his last 6 outings according to ESPN.

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Up Next…

Tampa Bay Rays start a two game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday before starting a four game series at the Tigers.

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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Game Recap June 4, 2017

 

The Boston Red Sox took their 31st win this season today against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the fourth game of the series. The teams split wins with the Orioles taking the first two and the Sox clinching it on the back half.

Andrew Benintendi goes deep twice to back Chris Sale’s 6 strong innings. #WinDanceRepeat

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Sale’s Performance Dominated

Sale took care of business today with 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, and 9 K. Orioles only three runs of the game came from three hits in the first inning but they struggled to stay ahead after that.

#SaleDay: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 SO 👊

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Benintendi’s Comeback

Before Sunday’s game Benintendi was struggling 1 for 9 in this series. He got one base hit in Saturday’s game which ended his 5 game no hit streak. Benintendi had 4 AB, 3 R, 4 H, and 3 RBI. He achieved his first multi-homer game, knocking two balls out of the park. He has three lifetime homeruns versus the Orioles, all taking place in Camden Yards.

#FlowBros recognize good hair & good hits.

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Mookie Betts

Betts started off the game with the first at bat and achieved 4 AB, 2 R, 1 H, and 0 RBI.  Notably, Betts hit is 500th hit during the game, which is in this third year of playing. Betts proved to be a formidable opponent for the Oriole’s pitcher Chris Tillman, repeatedly dodging Tillman’s efforts to kick him off first.

You're looking at Mookie's 500th career hit. Congrats, @mookiebetts!

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Speaking of Tillman….

Tillman had a rough day. A pitch in the sixth inning hit catcher Francisco Pena and ultimately cost the Orioles two runs. Tillman had a season-high four walks and the bases were loaded, showing Tillman’s struggle to return strong.

More information on his rough day here: Baltimore Sun

Next week

Boston starts a three game series against the New York Yankees Tuesday, June 6, and will finish off the week with a three game series against Detroit. The Red Sox schedule can be accessed here.

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