CLEVELAND, Ohio – Welcome to our first live blog from a Tampa Bay Rays game this season. With Hurricane Ian making life difficult for everyone back home, I thought it might be easier to update you in real time here.
This is how our live blog works. The most recent articles will be at the top, so keep refreshing the story and you’ll get all the latest news and see the game right from my seat on the news line.
10:15 p.m. – Pete Fairbanks was once again brilliant at the end of the ninth. A 1-2-3 inning, his 22 consecutive appearance without awarding a run. Surprising.
10:11 p.m. — Scoreboard update, the Orioles lost to the Red Sox, 3-1. The Rays’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth has now dropped to two.
10:05 p.m. — The Rays don’t score in the ninth against Cleveland’s closest dominant Emmanuel Clase. We go to the end of the ninth, still tied at 1-1. Pete Fairbanks will throw the ninth for the Rays.
9:55 p.m. – Another great work from Jason Adam, a scoreless eighth inning with only a single and two strikeouts. The pitching was really good on both sides tonight.
9:42 p.m. — Well, it ended badly. Randy Arozarena punches, Margot gets caught stealing, and Franco flies in to end the threat. Rays still tied 1-1. Jason Adam pitches for Tampa Bay.
9:36 p.m. – Manuel Margot bloops a double down the left field line to start the eighth inning for the Rays.
9:31 p.m. — Scoreboard updates: The Yankees lead the Blue Jays 6-3 in seventh and the Red Sox lead the Orioles 3-1 in eighth. Very good news on both fronts for the Rays.
9:30 p.m. – Colin Poche throws the bottom of the seventh for the Rays – and he hits to the side. Sorry.
9:25 p.m. — Surprisingly, the Rays’ rally ends when speedy Jose Siri hits in a double play. Didn’t see that coming.
9:20 p.m. — Looks like we’re ready to head back here to Cleveland. Rain delay of just over an hour. To reset for you, the Rays have the bases loaded with an out in the seventh. Tied 1-1. Let’s go!
8:19 p.m. – Miles Mastrobuoni runs for Choi. Isaac Paredes walks and Christian Bethancourt punches. Mastrobuoni flies third for his first career steal. Taylor Walls walks to load the bases, but the rain starts to fall harder. We will have a rain delay now.
8:08 p.m. — Ji-Man Choi gets another hit, a right-hand single to lead the seventh. It’s his second hit of the night, which is a rarity. Since Aug. 5, he’s had ONE two-hit game. He also went 8 for 81, a 0.099 average.
7:55 p.m. — Tristan McKenzie is done for the night for Cleveland. He pitched six innings and allowed only one run and three hits. He threw 88 pitches and finished just before the drizzle started.
7:37 p.m. – Calvin Faucher pitches the fifth inning for the Rays. Does a good job, removing the side in order. Pitches in the sixth too. Gives up a hit in the field and gets two outs. Brooks Raley arrives to end it. Par 6, still tied 1-1.
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7:35 p.m. — The rays go down quietly in fifth gear. Jose Siri hit a two-out single and went second on a wild pitch, but Manuel Margot struck out to end the inning. Only three hits for the Rays so far. Bottom 5 is still tied at 1-1.
7:30 p.m. — Watching the scoreboard is a must tonight. The Yankees are all over the Blue Jays early on, scoring three runs in the first. A Rays win with a Jays loss tonight would be nice.
7:25 p.m. — Garrett Cleavenger has a solid fourth inning for Tampa Bay, allowing just one walk. He retired Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez to end the inning, but the batter took 11 pitches. He threw 21 pitches in total, so he’ll probably only play one inning. End of 4, it’s still tied 1-1.
MY TWO CENTS: I’m thrilled with this Tyler Glasnow release. Looked good outside of the solo home run. Did a good job getting those last two outs in the third under a bit of duress. Let’s see how he feels in the future.
7:10 p.m. – This is indeed the end for Rays starter Tyler Glasnow. Garrett Cleavenger to kick down the fourth. Glasnow allowed one earned run and two hits, with three strikeouts.
7:01 p.m. – Pitch count soared on Tyler Glasnow in third with Will Brennan’s home run and single on the ground. Gets the last two batters, including a strikeout from Guardians shortstop Tyler Freeman. Glasnow threw 24 pitches in that inning, and that’s 50 for the game now – and probably that. A good first start. After three, it’s tied 1-1.
6:53 a.m. — The Guardians tied it on a long home run to left field by Gilbert Arias off Tyler Glasnow. Measured 403 feet, felt a bit longer. All tied now 1-1.
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6:47 p.m. – The Rays go down quietly in the third inning, with the top of the order 1-2-3. Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena both hit Tristan McKenzie, and Wander Franco came out. Bottom-3, and it’s still Rays 1-0. And yes, Tyler Glasnow is back for the third.
6:40 p.m. — The Guardians have their first base-runner. Oscar Gonzalez walks against Tyler Glasnow after falling to an 0-2 hole, but he’s obliterated on a double play from the first pitch. We’re at the end of two innings now, and the Rays lead 1-0. Glasnow hits two innings with just 26 pitches.
6:30 p.m. — And the Rays go on set first. Rays receiver Christian Bethancourt hits to the center and Choi scores. Jose Siri finishes third to end the run. Down the second it’s RAYS 1, Guardians 0.
6:25 p.m. — Ji-Man Choi, who was added to the roster when Yandy Diaz was a late scratch, doubles deep right for the game’s first hit.
6:18 p.m. — The long-awaited debut of Tyler Glasnow is finally here. Hit 98 and 99 mph on the radar gun on his first two throws. He pulls the Guardians out in order with two groundouts and a lazy fly ball in the middle. He looks very clean in his first inning of 14 pitches. During a round, there is no score.
6:10 p.m. – Manuel Margot will lead things for the Rays against Cleveland starter Tristan McKenzie. He flies to the right to start the match. The Rays go down in order after groundouts from Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco.
6:00 p.m. – It’s a bit chilly here in Cleveland, but it looks like the rain should stay away. The temperature during the game is 59 degrees, which no one will complain about considering the weather problems at home.
5:55 p.m. — The Rays were hoping to get third baseman Yandy Diaz on Wednesday. He was in the original lineup, leading and third at bat, but he was a late scratch. It is available to pinch later.