Final-10 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   10 R H E
Pittsburgh0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 380
Tampa Bay3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 470
  W: J. Adam (1-2)   L: Y. De Los Santos (0-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, June 24, 2022
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 10,542

Rays, Pirates look to escape June doldrums

According to STATS
According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. These two teams have not faced each other since 2017. The Pirates lead the all-time series 9-6. The Pirates shut out the Rays 4-0 in the last meeting, the only shutout in the first 15 matchups.
  2. The Pirates won four of their last five games (all at home). Pittsburgh has lost seven of its last eight games on the road. The Pirates have committed just one error in their last seven games; however, they are still 29th in the majors in fielding percentage at .979.
  3. Bryan Reynolds is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with four home runs, nine RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 15 games. He has a .364 average in June after hitting just .224 in May.
  4. The Rays have lost nine of their last 12 games. Six of those nine losses were by one run and eight were by two runs or less. The Rays are 13-14 this season in games decided by one run, and their 27 one-run games are tied with Toronto and Miami for the most in the majors.
  5. Isaac Paredes hit .455 (5-for-11) with four home runs in the three-game series against the Yankees. On Tuesday, he hit three home runs and became the sixth different Tampa Bay player to hit three home runs in a game. Evan Longoria is the only Rays player with two games with three home runs.
  6. Ke'Bryan Hayes scored the winning run in the 10th inning yesterday for the Cubs. He tied a career-high with three runs scored (his first career game with three runs was in his major league debut -- also against the Cubs).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2022 thru 6/26/2022

After losing their series with their American League East rival, the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays will host a relatively unfamiliar foe -- the Pittsburgh Pirates -- in a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla., starting Friday night.

Most recently, the Pirates won two of three at home against Tampa Bay in 2017, but their last visit to the domed stadium was eight seasons ago. They hold a 9-6 all-time mark against the defending AL East champions.

The only familiarity between the teams is their spring proximity before the season, as both train and face each other on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Pirates hold their spring training in Bradenton, while the Rays are an hour south in Port Charlotte.

But this weekend's matchup isn't a spring training game where the starters play half a game and prospects trot over from the back fields to get an at-bat in the final few innings. And both teams certainly would enjoy a boost on the scoreboard.

Pittsburgh trailed 10-1 at home against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night, resulting in second baseman Diego Castillo finishing the 14-5 blowout by mopping up on the mound in the ninth inning to save the bullpen.

"We've talked about this a lot, but this group continues to play hard," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "That game got out of hand a little bit today, but our effort level did not. We continued to still go after it."

Pittsburgh beat the Cubs 8-7 in 10 innings on Thursday, but the club is just 5-12 in the past 17 games.

The Rays let a victory against the first-place New York Yankees slip away from them Wednesday in the finale of a three-game set. The culprit proved to be a lack of quality pitching depth.

Starter Shane Baz lasted just 4 2/3 innings before being lifted, and six relievers failed to hold a three-run lead in the hope of giving the club a series win over the Yankees.

Instead, Jose Trevino cracked a go-ahead, two-run homer off seldom-used reliever Ralph Garza Jr. to propel the AL East leaders to a 5-4 win -- their 51st victory.

The right-hander allowed just one hit in two innings -- Trevino's shot -- but issued three of the Rays' eight walks, including Isiah Kiner-Falefa's leadoff walk that came home as the tying run.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash took part of the blame, having failed to call on Garza more often in recent situations.

"That ain't on Garza, not at all. That's on me as much as anybody," Cash said. "We optioned him, he comes back, so he had a layoff there just waiting for that spot. It kind of caught up on us."

Winners of just three of their past 12 games, the Rays have slipped into fourth in the division -- much closer to last-place Baltimore than to the Yankees.

In need of bullpen arms, the Rays acquired right-hander David McKay from the Yankees for cash considerations on Thursday.

Both teams will send out starting pitchers Friday who will make their first career appearances against the opposition -- Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller (2-5, 4.72 ERA) and Rays lefty Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.00).

--Field Level Media

Updated June 24, 2022