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Sports Pham: 'About time' home crowd was loud and packed for Rays

19:10  08 october  2019
19:10  08 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Rays rout Jays to secure American League wild card spot

  Rays rout Jays to secure American League wild card spot Tommy Pham crushed a two-run homer and Austin Meadows blasted a solo home run as the Tampa Bay Rays clinched the American League wild card spot with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. The Cleveland Indians lost 8-2 Friday night to the Washington Nationals, allowing the Rays to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Oakland A's also sealed an AL wild card thanks to Cleveland's loss.The Rays are going to the playoffs for the first time in six years.Tampa Bay right-hander Tyler Glasnow did not allow a hit and walked two while striking out four in 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

“The crowd was tremendous,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “Thank the bay area fans. Even outfielder Tommy Pham , who has spoken out about the Rays ’ regular-season attendance woes in the past, couldn’t help but grin when asked what he thought about Monday’s turnout. “(It’s) about time .”

But for the first time since 2016, some of the covers were rolled back, and the crowd poured into the upper deck and packed the lower levels to give “ About time ,” said Tommy Pham , Tampa Bay’s designated hitter. In their first home postseason game in six years, the Rays tied a club playoff record

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The Tampa Bay Rays drew their largest crowd at Tropicana Field since 2016 on Monday in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

With 32,251 fans in attendance, the Rays defeated Zack Greinke and the juggernaut Houston Astros 10-3 to avoid a series sweep.

"About time," outfielder Tommy Pham replied when asked what it was like to play in front of a crowd that size at home, according to FOX Sports Florida & Sun.

"I might get in trouble for saying that," Pham smirked.

Despite being near the top of the American League standings for most of the regular season, the Rays averaged 14,734 fans in 2019, which was the second-lowest attendance in MLB behind the Miami Marlins.

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The Rays are expecting a rare packed house for Game 3, which could make Tropicana Field every bit as loud as Minute Maid Park was for Games 1 and 2. Rays manager Kevin After playing most of this season in front of smaller crowds at home , look for the Rays to be inspired by their hometown fans.

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"The whole season we were expecting something like that," shortstop Willy Adames said of the big crowd, according to Josh Tolentino of The Athletic. "I'm happy that everybody came and (showed) support. I'm expecting that for tomorrow, too."

Tampa hosts Houston at the Trop again on Tuesday, with Diego Castillo beginning what is expected to be a bullpen day for the Rays. The Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, who allowed just one hit in seven innings in Game 1.

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It's time to start giving the Tampa Bay Rays some gosh darn credit .
It's always easy to make jokes about the Rays, but come Thursday there might not be anyone laughing.Astros Twitter, one of the most passionate fanbases on that hell site, is going bonkers. "What's happened with the offense?!" they scream into their morning coffee, probably while wearing Stetsons and driving to Space Center Houston. Not many expected the Houston-Tampa Bay leg of the ALDS to go to a Game 5, especially after Houston led 2-0 to start the series.

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