Boston, Massachusetts 2021-08-03 03:19:14 –
The Tampa Bay Rays swept the three-game series against Boston over the weekend, taking first place in the American League East.
But they haven’t yet found a way to beat the Seattle Mariners in 2021.
Raise lost to the Mariners on Monday night 8-2 and fell to 0-5 this season. The team will meet again Tuesday night in Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
“That’s just one of them,” said Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. “A packed house came out on the night of Golden Time (Sunday), but then I died in the building all night (Monday) and couldn’t gain momentum.
“(Seattle) had a good turn at bat from the beginning. Even when I went down five or six, I couldn’t generate a lot, so it seemed to be much more. That’s what happens.”
Raise was number one when traveling to Seattle from June 17th to 20th. They lost four straights to lag behind the Red Sox and it took Boston to regain the lead.
“This is a game, so no one is worried about it or anything,” Kiermaier said. “We just had a great weekend. These things happen. They were a much better team, and it showed that.”
The Mariners, behind AL’s second wildcard berth by three games, have suffered a series of walk-off defeats against low Texas.
“You will have some highs and lows,” said Mariners Ty France, who had three hits and three RBIs at the series opener on Monday, including doubles and home runs. “(Sunday) we hit some balls at people, and (Monday) they fell. That’s exactly what it will be.”
The match on Monday featured the Mariners returning to Tampa Bay in Diego Castillo after Rays handed him out to Seattle on Thursday. He received great applause from the crowd and wore a hat while sitting on the bullpen he visited.
“I was actually a little sad when I heard the news,” Castillo said through an interpreter. “I never thought it would actually be traded.”
Five days later, he returned to Tropicana Field, even though he was wearing another uniform.
“It’s a little crazy,” he said. “You are traded, a few days away, and then you return to the team you originally had.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash jokingly said he wanted Castillo to rest for the next three days before the match.
Castillo said he was grateful for everything Rays did for him, but said, “Once I wear the Seattle uniform, I can’t go back and remember that they are teammates. Get out there. I have to work. “
The Mariners will launch an all-star left-handed Yusei Kikuchi (6-6, 4.01 ERA) against Rays’ right-handed Luis Patino (2-2, 4.26) on Tuesday.
Kikuchi defeated Raise 5 to 1 on June 18. He allowed 4 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings and 1 run.
Patino played twice against the Mariners in San Diego last season, making one start and recording 3.38 ERA with 22/3 innings. He didn’t win or lose against them.
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