Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from the Rays’ 7-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday

On Tampa Bay’s performance at home, Kevin Cash’s lineup construction and a clutch defensive play.
Rays catcher Mike Zunino tags out Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas during a double steal attempt in the sixth inning Sunday. CHRIS URSO   |   Times CHRIS URSO   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Rays catcher Mike Zunino tags out Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas during a double steal attempt in the sixth inning Sunday. CHRIS URSO | Times CHRIS URSO | Times | Tampa Bay TimesCHRIS URSO | Times
Published August 4

ST. PETERSBURG — Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from the Rays’ 7-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday:

  • After the Rays went 5-1 on their most recent road trip, the question was whether they would stall at home, where they’ve been a .500 team. The answer, at least so far, is no. Sure, they beat up on the Marlins, the worst team in the National League, but wins against the Marlins count as much as other wins. Tampa Bay’s next 19 games are against teams who have losing records.
  • Manager Kevin Cash went with an entirely right-handed lineup against Marlins lefty Caleb Smith, and it worked. Entering Sunday, Smith had allowed an average of one baserunner per inning. Ten Rays hitters (six hits and four walks) reached base safely in five innings against him.
  • The bullpen flirted with danger in the sixth inning. After replacing starter Yonny Chirinos, Diego Castillo promptly surrendered a leadoff triple to Miguel Rojas. Castillo responded by striking out the next hitter and inducing a ground out. After a walk and a Tampa Bay pitching change, Miami got aggressive on the basepaths and tried a double steal. The Rays sniffed it out and nabbed Rojas at the plate.

Contact Thomas Bassinger at tbassinger@tampabay.com. Follow @tometrics.







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