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Sports Three takeaways from Rays' Game 4 victory against Astros

13:50  09 october  2019
13:50  09 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Here are three takeaways from the Rays ' big win. Starting Justin Verlander backfired for the Astros . Justin Verlander pushed for Houston to start him in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on three days rest, but he struggled with command and movement against Tampa Bay.

Game 4 will be played Tuesday at Tropicana Field. It will start at 4:15 p.m. ET if there is a Game 4 in the Yankees-Twins series and Three takeaways from Rays ' season-saving Game 3 win. PItching for the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers on March 28, Greinke also allowed seven runs in 3 2/3

Another division series has been extended to five games, as Tampa Bay topped Houston 4-1 Tuesday at Tropicana Field in the ALDS.

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Here are three takeaways from the Rays' big win

Starting Justin Verlander backfired for the Astros

Justin Verlander pushed for Houston to start him in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on three days rest, but he struggled with command and movement against Tampa Bay. He consistently sailed balls high and his sliders simply weren't sliding. When you throw as many balls right down the pipe as Verlander did, you're bound to get punished.

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

  Pham: 'About time' home crowd was loud and packed for Rays 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 forWith 32,251 fans in attendance, the Rays defeated Zack Greinke and the juggernaut Houston Astros 10-3 to avoid a series sweep.

Astros manager AJ Hinch announced after the game that Houston will start Justin Verlander on three days of rest in Game 4 of the best-of-five matchup MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from Rays ' convincing wild-card win over Athletics. Charlie Morton was solid and the Rays hit four home runs.

Three takeaways from Rays ' season-saving Game 3 win. The Astros had every reason to believe Greinke would follow the dominant path carved by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole Pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 28, Greinke also allowed seven

The ace's first inning was drawn out, as he forked up a home run, allowed three scores, and threw 32 pitches. Although the 36-year-old ace held the Rays scoreless in the second inning, he gave up a second home run in the fourth inning before being pulled. He finished after throwing 84 pitches in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Verlander entered Tuesday with an 8-0 career record and 2.14 ERA in 12 ALDS appearances but wasn't in peak form this time around. That really hurt his team.

Nearly all Rays' batters contributed on offense

Tampa Bay totaled 13 hits against Houston's pitching from eight of its 10 batters. Only Austin Meadows and Ji-Man Choi were held hitless, but Choi managed to get on base by being walked three times.

Avisail Garcia had three hits and Tommy Pham added three. Pham and Willy Adames both hit home runs and accounted for the Rays' four RBIs alongside Joey Wendle and Travis D'Arnaud.

It's time to start giving the Tampa Bay Rays some gosh darn credit

  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.

Game 4 will be played Tuesday at Tropicana Field. It will start at 4:15 p.m. ET if there is a Game 4 in the Yankees-Twins series and Three takeaways from Rays ' season-saving Game 3 win. PItching for the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers on March 28, Greinke also allowed seven runs in 3 2/3

Rays Pummel Zack Greinke, Astros to Force ALDS Game 4 . The Rays also went deep four times against the Boston Red Sox during the 2008 AL Championship Series and did it again Jose Altuve homered for the Astros , who are one victory away from their third straight appearance in the ALCS.

Tampa Bay's lineup was good from top to bottom at the plate and made the most of the opportunities it got.

Don't underestimate Tampa Bay's pitching

Houston had one of the most dynamic offenses in baseball, as it scored the third-most runs in MLB (920) in 2019. But the Rays were able to hold the Astros to their lowest run total of the postseason.

Tampa Bay's pitching performance was a group effort that utilized six different arms. Those arms combined for eight strikeouts and only allowed a score on Robinson Chirinos' solo shot in the eighth inning. The Rays' bullpen will certainly be important in Game 5 at Minute Maid Park.

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a crowd of people watching a baseball game: Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) celebrate their win over the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in game four of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Tropicana Field on October 8, 2019.

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