The Tampa Bay Rays completed their weekend sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-2 victory this afternoon.
Shane McClanahan was solid on the mound as usual, giving up one run on four this in seven innings. With the victory, the left-hander improved to 8-3 with a 1.77 ERA on the season.
Roansy Contreras started for Pittsburgh in the losing effort, giving up one run on four hits with five walks in five innings.
A bases-loaded walk in the second inning scored the game’s first run for Tampa Bay. The Bucs tied the game in the top of the third on a single by Bryan Reynolds, scoring Yu Chang.
The Rays scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh which ended up being the difference in the game. A double by Ji-Man Choi broke the tie, followed by singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes to make it 4-1. A solo homerun by Daniel Vogelbach in the eighth made it 4-2, but that was as close as the Pirates would come on the day.
This was a disappointing loss to a disheartening series in Tampa for the Bucs. They lost three games this weekend by a total of four runs. They had chances to win all three of these games, and could have come away with at least a series victory. Instead, they were swept. They will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, beginning Monday night at 7:05pm.
Record vs. Rays: 0-3
Record vs. American League: 1-6
Record on the Road: 12-23
Overall Record: 29-43
Let’s Go Bucs!