GAME NIGHT: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to maintain their dominance over host Baltimore Orioles as they open the three-match series on Friday.
The Race kicked off the season with a three-game sweep of the Orioles touring St. Petersburg, Fla., After beating Baltimore in 18 of the team’s 19 meetings last year, including a 9-0 win at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay, which has won two and five matches in a row in its last seven games, will hand the ball to left-arm Jalen Bix (1-0, 1.72 ERA), a reliever who will start early in the season.
The Beeks have made nine appearances in a total of 15 2/3 innings this season, including 1 2/3 innings against the Orioles. The Beeks allowed two hits with four strikeouts and a walk during the April 8 8-0 win.
The Orioles, who have lost six games in a row to beat the Yankees 9-6 on Thursday, will face right-hander Tyler Wells (1-3, 4-18 ERA). Wales lost 3-1 in their final start to Detroit on Sunday, allowing three runs in eight innings, including two strikeouts, and no walks in four innings.
Wales fought hard against the Reds earlier this season. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings where he dropped four runs on three hits, including two strikeouts and two walks, on April 10 at 8-0.
Thursday was off-day at Tampa Bay after two of three games against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Starting pitchers Corey Kluber, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen allowed a combined three runs in 12 hits and scored 22 runs without walking in 18 innings.
The Tampa Bay starters have averaged 1.15 ERA during the last seven games, at which point Team ERA is 1.97.
“Our pitching is going to be our way of winning the most ballgame games,” said race manager Kevin Cash.
Meanwhile, the Orioles ended a six-game losing streak with their most enjoyable win of the season on Thursday. Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give Baltimore a 9-6 victory over those who wanted to sweep the four-match series.
Santander, who went for 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and a walk, hit the first walk-off home run of his career when he ran a cut from Yankee reliever Lucas Luetge (1-1) down the left field. Line with an out.
Santander’s 376-foot blast helped Felix Bautista (1-1) win for the Orioles, who squandered the chance to save Jorge Lopez at the top of the innings.
“I put myself in the shoes of the pitcher in that situation,” Santander said through a translator. “Knowing he wanted to come in, he tried to jam me, tried to hit a soft grounder for a double game. I was able to get my hands in and focus on it. I hit the ball really well.”
With the win, the Orioles tied their season with a maximum of nine runs and finished with 11 hits, with Tyler Nevin and Trey Mancini recording two.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said: “Last two nights, we lost the game by one run. “I thought we had some of the best at-bats of the season today.”
Stats and Records
|4/10/22||BAL 0||TB 8||.344||1||.952||.188||0||.547|
|Tampa Bay||W. Franco||.545||6||1.136|
|Tampa Bay||F. Mejia||1||2||4|
|Tampa Bay||Y. Diaz||.287||31||.810|
|Tampa Bay||B. Lowe||5||20||12|