Even better than the young man wearing an old-school retro jersey was that he made the one-handed snare with a toothpick in his mouth the entire time.
"We've got to try to move forward", Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. It was Longoria's eighth career walk-off hit. "It's nice to be able to take a little bit of a deep breath".
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In the co-main event, Derek Brunson starched Daniel Kelly with a missile-like left hand at just 1:16 of the very first round. After losing the opening round, the 29-year-old Kiwi came from behind to win 29-28 on all three judges scorecards.
Oakland, who had 16 hits in both Game 1 and Game 2, had some big performances in the doubleheader, including first baseman Yonder Alonso, who had six hits, outfielder Khris Davis, who had had five and third baseman Ryon Healy and outfielder Jaycob Brugman, both of whom had four hits. The Rays are just 8-13 versus left handed pitching and are batting just.225/.316/.370 against them. But Hu kept the Rays in the game by picking up four innings.
The 27-year-old IN native has a.329 on-base percentage with 10 stolen bases and seven home runs through 62 games this season after signing a six-year, $53.5 million contract extension. Mike Zunino would hit a two-run single off Ramirez in the fourth to polish off the scoring action on his line. Cash said Smith will be the club's primary center fielder. This was the second doubleheader at Tropicana Field - the other was September 30, 2004, when two games against the Detroit Tigers had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Frances.
The Rays have acquired infielder Taylor Featherston from the Phillies in exchange for cash and placed infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, the team announced. OF Matt Olson was recalled from Nashville to take Triggs' roster spot. The last time the Rays' had five straight quality starts was July 19 though 30, 2016 when the ripped off 10 in a row. C Wilson Ramos (recovery from torn ACL) may soon have his rehab upgraded from Class A Charlotte to Triple-A Durham.