The Tampa Bay Rays conclude their three-game series on the road against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
The Rays were beaten by the Mariners in the opening game of the series on Friday 4-3 for their second straight loss. The Mariners won the game on a walk-off home run in the 13th inning by Mitch Haniger. Seattle is now 6-0 in games that go to extra innings this season. Haniger has 12 home runs and eight game-winning RBIs already this season. Roenis Elias was called up earlier on Friday for Seattle from Triple-A and posted the win after pitching two shutout innings for the Mariners. Matt Andriese who gave up Haniger’s home run took the loss to drop to 1-3. Edwin Diaz the closer for Seattle allowed a tying run during the ninth for his third blown saves early in the season out of 22 opportunities.
Matt Duffy leads the Rays with a .319 batting average. C.J. Cron is the team leader in hits with 60, in home runs with 12 and in RBIs with 32. Tampa Bay has a team batting average of .260 while opposing hitters are averaging .228 at the plate against Rays pitching. On Sunday, the Rays will send Blake Snell to the mound. The left-hander this season is 7-3 with an ERA of 2.56, 76 Ks and 23 BBs.
Jean Segura leads Seattle with a .335 batting average and team high 77 hits. Mitch Haniger leads the team in home runs with 12 and RBIs with 42. Seattle has a team batting average of .258 while opposing hitters are averaging .241 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Sunday, the Mariners will send veteran Felix Hernandez to the mound. The right hander this season is 5-4 with an ERA of 5.83, 55 Ks and 28 BBs.