Tampa Bay Rays administrator Kevin Cash continues taking full advantage of his pitching staff.
Money moved reliever Adam Kolarek from the hill to initially base and back to the hill in a bit of matchup technique Sunday, and the Rays ended up with a 3-0 prevail upon the San Francisco Giants.
Yandy Diaz homered on the second pitch of the amusement and Yonny Chirinos (2-0) tossed five scoreless innings. The Rays have opened the season with three straight arrangement wins without precedent for establishment history.
Money kept things in consistent movement all through the amusement, utilizing four outfielders on occasion and continually moving his infielders. In any case, his boldest move came in the seventh.
Kolarek pitched an ideal 6th inning to ensure a 2-0 lead. The left-hander surrendered a leadoff single to substitute Yangervis Solarte, at that point moved over to play a respectable starting point — it was his first time in the majors at a position other than pitcher, and enabled the Rays to get right-hander reliever Chaz Roe.
Roe struck out righty-hitting Evan Longoria and left. Kolarek came back to the hill, struck out lefty-swinging Brandon Belt, surrendered another single and was swapped for good by Diego Castillo.
“The manner in which their lineup was today, with Longo sitting amidst a pack of intense lefty hitters, the idea sort of came into my mind when (Kolarek) got into the amusement realizing that our pitching was somewhat tight,” Cash said. “Kolarek may have been shocked, however I’m happy it worked out. I’m extremely upbeat that Longo chosen not to hit a line drive or ground ball over yonder.”
Money said he had made such switches twice the previous summer, when moving a pitcher to third base for an out and other time to initially base.
Kolarek, who said he now and then played a respectable starting point while pitching at the University of Maryland, said he utilizes an additional substantial glove, so did not switch when he went to initially base.
“At the point when Cash expanded his hand for the ball, I gave it to him and began strolling toward the burrow. He stated, ‘Hold up, go play first,'” Kolarek said. “You must be prepared for anything around here. It’s likely the coolest thing that is transpired on a noteworthy class field.”
Money utilized help pitchers as starters for an inning or two a year ago with incredible achievement.
Chirinos showed up this season, permitting two hits and a walk and striking out five. On March 31 versus Houston, he surrendered one keep running on two hits in seven innings.
Drew Pomeranz (0-1) kept going four innings, allowing two keeps running on six hits, strolling three and striking out five. Be that as it may, the Giants gave no hostile help, overseeing five hits, all singles.
“You must discover a find to get a few runs,” Giants chief Bruce Bochy said. “We have to get some early runs, that has been one of our issues, to ease the heat off our pitchers.”
The Rays’ different runs went ahead Christian Arroyo’s RBI single in the fourth and when Kevin Kiermaier tripled in the eighth and scored on a shy away.
Beams: Cash said INF Joey Wendle, who has been on the 10-day crippled rundown since April 1, won’t be prepared to play for a couple of days even after he’s qualified to fall off the DL on April 11.
Monsters: RHP Johnny Cueto is qualified to fall off the 60-day debilitated rundown on April 14 subsequent to having Tommy John medical procedure a year ago. … C Buster Posey got a lay day on Sunday.
Beams: LHP Blake Snell (1-1, 3.46) accepts the hill as the Rays proceed with their nine-diversion excursion at the Chicago White Sox.
Monsters: LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 1.38) pitches against San Diego as San Francisco plays the fourth round of its 10-diversion homestand. Bumgarner is 1-5 in his last eight begins against the Padres.
With his first-inning single, Tommy Pham has now achieved base in 42 straight recreations, broadening the longest streak in Tampa Bay history. It is the longest streak in the majors since Houston’s Alex Bregman had a comparable 42-amusement streak a year ago.