The GCL Rays extended their winning streak to five games following a sweep of Monday’s doubleheader against the GCL Red Sox. The Rays took game one 6-2 and then won game two by the score of 9-2.
Game one started out as a see-saw battle with both teams exchanging runs early. The Red Sox took the lead in the first inning. Lorenzo Cedrola was hit by a pitcher to lead off the game. He later scored on an RBI single by Juan Barriento to put the Red Sox in front 1-0.
The Rays bounced back in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Vidal Brujan singled to center get things started. He later scored on a triple by Josh Lowe to tie the game.
But the Red Sox regained the lead by scoring in the top of the second. Raiwinson Lameda doubled to left and later scored on an RBI single by Samuel Miranda to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
The Rays grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Deion Tansel reached on an error followed by double by Gilbert Marrero to give the rookie Rays two runners in scoring position with one out. Ryan Caldwell collected the RBI’s with a single to left that scored both runners and gave the Rays a 3-2 lead.
The Rays added a run in the fifth. Jesus Sanchez singled to left to lead off the inning. He later scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 4-2.
The Rays added a pair of runs in the sixth. Brujan drove home Tansel and later scored himself on a single by Sanchez to give the Rays the 6-2 margin of victory.
Jayson McKinley picked up the win in game one with Bryce Zak recording the save. Yorvin Pantoja was the losing pitcher for the Red Sox.
After a brief break, the teams were back out on the field for game two of the doubleheader. Game Two saw some big league talent as Kevin Kiermaier got the start in center in his first rehab appearance since having surgery.
The Rays offense wasted no time picking up where they left off, posting a pair of runs to the scoreboard to take the lead in the second inning. Juan Carlos Arias drew a walk. He then moved into scoring position after stealing second. Arias scored on a double by Michael Brosseau. Brosseau wouldn’t stay on second long as he moved to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Alexander Alvarez, manager Jim Morrison got aggressive and called a double steal. The gamble paid off with Brosseau scoring to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.
The Rays picked up five more in the fourth inning. Moises Gomez and Brosseau opened up the frame with back to back singles. Alvarez followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. They went station to station following a walk to David Parrett and later a single by Deion Tansel. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Kiermaier reached on an error, two runs scored and Kiermaier found himself on second. Tansel would later score on a wild pitcher to give the Rays a 7-0 lead.
The Red Sox got on the board via the long ball in the fifth. Nicholos Hamilton drew a walk to lead off the inning. Then Alan Marrero went deep to left to make it 7-2.
But the Rays weren’t done yet, pushing across a pair in the sixth. Parrett singled to center and later scored on a double by Tansel. Tansel later scored on a ground out by Sanchez to give the Rays the 9-2 win.
Matt Vogel picked up the win in game two. Angel Padron suffered the loss.
The series shifts to JetBlue Park on Tuesday.
Game One Box Summary
- Vidal Brujan (2B): 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored
- Jesus Sanchez (CF): 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored
- Josh Lowe (3B): 1 for 4 with a triple and an RBI
- Rene Pinto (C): 0 for 3
- Jose Tonton (RF): 0 for 3
- Moises Gomez (DH): 0 for 3
- Deion Tansel (SS): 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored
- Gilbert Marrero (1B): 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored
- Ryan Caldwell (LF): 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s
- Austin Franklin: 2 runs on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk in 4 innings
- Jayson McKinley (Win, 1-2): 2 scoreless innings with 2 hits and 3 strikeouts
- Austin Sweet: 1/3 scoreless inning with 2 hits and a walk
- Bryce Zak (Save, 1): 2/ 3 no-hit inning
Game Two Box Summary
- Deion Tansel (SS): 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored
- Kevin Kiermaier (CF): 0 for 2, reached on an error
- Jesus Sanchez (CF): 0 for 1 with an RBI
- Jose Tonton (RF): 1 for 4
- Jonathon Arrowood (1B): 1 for 4 with a double
- Juan Carlos Arias (3B): 0 for 3 with a run scored
- Moises Gomez (LF): 1 for 3 with a run scored
- Michael Brosseau (2B): 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored
- Alexander Alvarez (C): 0 for 1 with 2 walks and a run scored
- David Parrett (DH): 1 for 2 with an RBI and 2 run scored
- Zack Trageton: 3 scoreless innings with a hit and 3 strikeouts
- Matt Vogel (Win, 1-1): 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks in 1 2/3 inning
- Joe Graziano: 2 1/3 scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout