ST. PETERSBURG – There has been a lot of confusion about the rays lately.
On Saturday, they again looked doomed to a ball that hit the catwalk and a seemingly sensible decision to change pitchers, which turned out to be bad. They were left to follow the pirates by running in the ninth inning, then quickly reached their final out and final blow.
And from this difficult situation, they came together, as four consecutive strikers reached the base with an incredible 6-5 victory at Tropicana Field. The red-hot single Isaac Paredes with two series sent the Rays to compete on the field to celebrate a second consecutive victory.
“You feel very happy, very emotional when you can help the team win the match,” said Paredes through team translator Manny Navarro.
The Rays (39-33) gave a 2-0 and 3-2 lead by the time they reached the ninth inning. The Pirates, who are closer, David Bednar got two quick outs, then scored 2-2 against Ji-Man Choi.
“I just thought we had to win the game,” Choi said through team translator Daniel Park. “And if I didn’t get hit, I was just trying to walk.”
He did, as did Vidal Bruyan, after leading 3-0 to place two.
Then manager Kevin Cash made an interesting move, sending rookie Jonathan Aranda in his second game of the major leagues to hit with clips for Luke Reilly, a slightly more experienced left-hander.
“Just a slightly more contact-oriented approach,” Cash said.
This also worked. Aranda threw the ball back to the mound, which Bednar knocked down with his glove, but had to chase him. He had no basis to make a throw, loading the foundations.
“All I thought about was just to get there, to get there,” Aranda said through Navarro.
All of this led to Paredes’ latest stellar turnaround after he played a record-breaking three-home game on Tuesday against the Yankees, then went deep again Wednesday against the Yankees to become the first Ray to score Homer in four straight games. bats. In addition, he threw himself on the eighth Saturday – his leading 10th team and all of his in the last 25 games (since May 18) – to reach the rays within 5-4, waving his hand in front of his face, inspired by wrestler John Cena.
“He’s the greatest right now,” said Ralph Garza Jr.. “He sees beach balls upstairs. It is currently locked in a zone. “
In the ninth, all Paredes needed was to bring Bednar’s fast ball 0-2 to the right.
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His approach in this tense situation, leading to his first blow on a professional level? “Try not to think too much and just try to get the ball in the game somehow,” Paredes said.
Paredes, acquired by the Tigers in a late spring trade for Austin Meadows, has many days.
“Definitely a dream come true this week,” he said. “It’s something I haven’t experienced in the big leagues and it’s been a great week.
The happy ending allowed the Rays to forget how they almost lost. How Jalen Beaks hesitated after taking the sixth for Corey Clubber (who threw only 63 pitches). The routine musia to the right, which hit the catwalk of the B-ring and stopped for a single, which put two with one in the sixth. And the subsequent Jack Suvinski Homer, who gave the pirates a 5-3 lead.
Instead, they have consecutive wins for the first time in 2½ weeks, ended a four-game losing streak and better balanced a record team of 11 consecutive games set by two or one series (the longest of any team since 2017). ), now 4-7.
Maybe after a month of mediocrity – 21-22 after a 18-10 start and after Vander Franco is expected to return from injury today – two consecutive victories can make them fight?
“We hope it’s still moving,” Cash said. “These are inertia builders. This is good for this group of boys. We are a young group at the moment and they need to feel good. “
Contact Mark Topkin at [email protected]. Follow @TBTimes_Rays.
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