Phillies eradicated from race by AL East champion Rays, 5-0 | Sports activities
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie pitcher Josh Fleming allowed 4 hits over six innings and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays eradicated the Philadelphia Phillies from the playoff race with a 5-0 victory Sunday.
Philadelphia wanted a win over the Rays and losses by San Francisco and Milwaukee to earn its first playoff berth in 9 years. The Brewers and Giants each misplaced, however the Phillies had been unable to offer themselves an opportunity.
The Phillies, who had been swept by the Rays within the three-game sequence and misplaced seven of eight general to complete the season, went 28-32 underneath first-year supervisor Joe Girardi. They went 81-81 in 2019 with Gabe Kapler on the helm.
Fleming (5-0) struck out 5 and walked one for the top-seeded Rays, who will face No. 8 seed Toronto in a best-of-three wild-card sequence that begins Tuesday at Tropicana Discipline.
Oliver Drake, Aaron Loup and Ryan Sherriff accomplished a six-hitter.
Tampa Bay (40-20) has the AL’s high file after reaching the postseason final season as a wild card.
Pinch-hitter Kevan Smith had a run-scoring single within the second earlier than Joey Wendle and Hunter Renfroe each had third-inning RBI hits off Aaron Nola (5-5) that put the Rays up 3-0.
Nola gave up three runs and 6 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Mike Brosseau hit an RBI triple that bounced over proper fielder Phil Gosselin’s head and scored on Héctor Neris’ wild pitch when Michael Perez struck out to make it 5-0 within the sixth.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in fourth however Fleming bought a grounder from Gosselin.
Phillies rookie Alec Bohm doubled within the eighth and had a success in 18 of his final 20 video games.
It was not recognized earlier than the sport if the Rays would play the New York Yankees or Toronto within the first-round sequence.
However Tampa Bay hitting coach Chad Mottola stated pregame that he felt each groups would like not taking up the Rays.
“I do know nobody desires to play us,” Mottola stated. “I’d assume they’re going to play right now, each groups, understanding that they need to keep away from us.”
Rays: Smith hit for CF Brett Phillips, who left with proper hamstring tightness. … Supervisor Kevin Money stated OF Austin Meadows (left indirect pressure) is “not shut” to returning. … LHP José Alvarado (left shoulder irritation), 1B Ji-Man Choi (left hamstring pressure) and INF Yandy Díaz (proper hamstring pressure) will participate in a simulated recreation Monday. … OF Manuel Margot (sore foot) was scratched from the lineup.
Phillies: Will host Toronto in Clearwater, Florida, to start 2021 spring coaching on Feb. 27.
Rays: The primary-round rotation shall be LHP Blake Snell (4-2), RHP Tyler Glasnow (5-1) and RHP Charlie Morton (2-2).