The Tampa Bay Rays continued their hot streak on Monday night, crushing the Oakland A’s 9-1 at Tropicana Field.
The Rays hit three home runs in the game, two by Austin Meadows and one by Randy Arozarena, to improve their record to 8-0. They are the only undefeated team in the majors and have outscored their opponents 54-18 so far.
Meadows opened the scoring in the first inning with a solo shot off A’s starter Frankie Montas, who lasted only four innings and gave up six runs on seven hits. Meadows added another homer in the fifth, a three-run blast that made it 8-0. He finished the night with four RBIs and raised his batting average to .333.
Arozarena also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs. His solo shot in the fourth inning was his third of the season and gave him a team-high nine RBIs. He also scored three runs and stole a base.
The Rays’ pitching was dominant as well, as Tyler Glasnow tossed six scoreless innings and struck out 10 batters. He allowed only five hits and one walk and lowered his ERA to 0.46.
He has 29 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings this season. The bullpen was solid as well, as Ryan Thompson, Jeffrey Springs and Cody Reed combined to allow only one run on three hits in three innings.
The A’s lone run came in the ninth inning, when Matt Chapman hit a solo homer off Reed. It was Chapman’s second homer of the year, but it was too little too late for the A’s, who fell to 1-7 and have the worst record in the majors. They have been outscored 62-19 and have lost six games by five or more runs.
The Rays and A’s will play again on Tuesday night, as Rich Hill will face Cole Irvin in the second game of the four-game series. The Rays will look to extend their winning streak and maintain their lead in the AL East, while the A’s will try to snap their skid and avoid falling further behind in the AL West.
Final Thoughts: Rays Continue Dominance with Impressive Victory over A’s
The Tampa Bay Rays are off to an incredible start this season, as they continued their unbeaten streak with a convincing win over the struggling Oakland A’s.
The Rays’ offense was firing on all cylinders, with Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena leading the charge with their powerful performances at the plate. Meadows, in particular, was in fine form, hitting two homers and driving in four runs to help his team to a comfortable victory.
But it wasn’t just the offense that was clicking for the Rays. Their pitching was equally impressive, with Tyler Glasnow putting in a dominant performance on the mound.
Glasnow struck out 10 batters in six innings of work and allowed only five hits and one walk, lowering his ERA to a remarkable 0.46 for the season. The bullpen also did its job, shutting down the A’s in the late innings to preserve the victory.
As for the A’s, it was another disappointing night for a team that has struggled mightily in the early going. The A’s have the worst record in the majors at 1-7 and have been outscored by an alarming 62-19 margin.
They simply couldn’t match the Rays’ firepower on Monday night and will need to turn things around quickly if they hope to compete in a tough AL West division.
Overall, the Rays’ victory was yet another impressive display of their talent and potential. They are proving to be one of the most complete teams in the league, with a potent offense, dominant pitching, and solid defense.
If they can maintain this level of play, they will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season.