Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe, right, tags out Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story (27) at second base on a throw from Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Rays’ Five-Game Win Streak Ends, Shutout in loss to Rockies

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, in extra innings during Wednesday’s series finale at Tropicana Field.

Although there was plenty of missed opportunities with too many runners stranded on base, the Tampa Bay Rays are still off to their best start in Franchise history.

Extra Extra

Although the Rays won the series against the Rockies, Charlie Morton, the biggest free agent grab in Tampa Rays history went six innings, allowing only four hits and giving up just a pair of walks. He did not allow a run, putting his ERA at 1.64.

Additionally, the Rays left the bases loaded in a two-out situation in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryne Stanek pitched an inning of no hit ball with a strikeout in the top of the seventh.

Afterwards, the Rays would be a threat again in the bottom of the seventh and eighth but failed both times to score. Diego Castillo worked an inning in the bottom of the ninth after.

In the bottom of the tenth, Rockies’ Wade Davis struck out Kevin Kiermaier with two runners on, to extend the game even longer.

Chris Lannetta would hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead and that would be the ball game.


Pham Setting Records

Rays outfielder Tommy Pham set a new Rays record with a first-inning single against the Rockies.

Even more, it marked his 39th consecutive game reaching base, dating back to last season. His streak began on August 21 last year.

Since then, he is batting .366/.462/.641 for the duration of the streak with seven home runs, 23 RBI’s, and eight stolen bases. Pham went 2-for-4 in the Rays 11-inning loss on Wednesday.

Before the Rays acquired Pham from the Cardinals last year, he had a .730 OPS with the Cardinals prior to the trade, then posted a 1.071 OPS in 39 games with the Rays.

Filthiest Pitch Ever Thrown?

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jose Alvarado, who is beginning his third year pitching out of the Rays’ bullpen unleashed possibly one of the nastiest pitches with his fastball. This 99 mph pitch left Mark Reynolds startled as he was struck out on the side.


Whats Next

Right-hander Tyer Glasnow (1-0) will face San Francisco RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-0) in the Giants home opener on Friday.

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