One-run games have long since been a tradition at Tampa Bay Rays grounds and there is no stopping it. Once again Tampa Bay Rays tied this record by beating Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Thursday night in their final game of the series against them. It was the sixth consecutive one-run game for the Tampa Bay Rays Franchise.
“Hopefully we’re looking at that as a positive,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve got to find ways to separate some games. But, if you’re in a lot of one-run games, that means in you’re in a lot of baseball games.”
This time around Jake Bauers made two-run single between two of his runs in the seventh inning off Cody Carroll (0-1) to earn this victory for his team.
“Obviously the wins and losses aren’t there in the past six games here, but we’ve been in every ball game,” said first baseman Jake Bauers, “I think that’s been the key for us.”
Then it was Yonny Chirinos turn and unfortunately, he allowed a solo homer from Renato Nunez earlier in the seventh giving a 4-3 lead to Orioles. Chirinos allowed one run with three hits with trucking out four. He completed five innings to make his first major league conquest.
“Hopefully there’s many more to come after this one,” Chirinos said through a translator.
Jake Bauers had good things to say for him too.
“That’s awesome,” Bauers said. “Hard-fought for him.”
After that Sergio Romo took the mound, who struck out Renato Nunez and made his 14th save.
“Yonny was outstanding,” manager Kevin Cash said. “That’s two back-to-back outings where he’s been very efficient. … And then (Jose) Alvarado (scoreless eighth) and Sergio (scoreless ninth) do their thing.”
Let’s face it Baltimore Orioles has the worst record in AL-East standing at 35-80, but the start of the game looked like there was a victory waiting for them after so many losses but then the fate took on another turn and by the end named the victory to Tampa Bay Rays (58-57).
Going forward Matt Duffy got his first chance of an extra base in almost 24 games, he nailed an RBI double off David Hess in the third inning when Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that made the game 3-2. And then Bauers sacrifice fly tied the game making it 3-3.
After the Nunez, leading homer in the seventh Jake Bauers sense the need and hit off with his career’s ninth go-ahead hit and then smacking the pitches one after another to make this game a 5-4 win for Tampa Bay Rays. The game was outstandingly looked like a tug-war and was one of the most amazing ones seen in Tropicana Field with a crowd more than 10,000 present at the stadium.
“Obviously it would have been easy to get jumpy and jump on something,” Bauers said. “But I tried to put a good swing on something and luckily I got a line drive.”