Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle3 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 990
Tampa Bay1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 362
  W: M. Gonzales (13-10)   L: B. McKay (2-3)
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)6:10 PM CT, August 19, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 9,152

Rays seek success at home against Mariners

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Tampa Bay swept a three-game set over Seattle earlier in August, with the Rays posting a 2.33 ERA in the series. However, the Rays have lost their home series with the Mariners in each of the last two seasons.
  2. The Rays won two of three over the Tigers despite scoring just six runs in the series. The Rays' 11-4 record in August ranks second in MLB thanks to a 2.91 team ERA that leads the majors -- offensively, the Rays rank 22nd in runs (70) and 28th in home runs (16) this month.
  3. The Mariners continue their road trip having won two of three on the road over both the Tigers and Blue Jays. Prior to these two series, the Mariners had gone 1-13 in their previous 14 road games, and they've not won three straight road series since winning their first four road series of 2019.
  4. Tommy Pham has scored three of the Rays' eight runs in their last four games. He's reached base nine times in this span (five hits, four walks), more than twice as many times as any other Rays hitter (five players tied with four times on base apiece).
  5. Austin Nola has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, but he's slashed .250/.294/.396 in August after entering the month with a .356/.405/.630 career line. He has a 1.239 OPS away from home this season and a .650 OPS in home games.
  6. Kyle Seager's 12-game hitting streak is tied with Michael Brantley for the longest active streak in the AL, and Seager last had a longer hitting streak in 2016. Seager has homered in two straight games and his seven homers in August trail only Gleyber Torres (nine) in the American League.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2019 thru 8/21/2019

Tropicana Field hasn't exactly been the friendliest of confines for the Tampa Bay Rays this season.

But perhaps that's starting to change heading into a three-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners that opens Monday.

The Rays have posted back-to-back walk-off wins at home, the latter a 5-4 decision Sunday against the Detroit Tigers on Ji-Man Choi's two-run, bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

On Saturday, the Rays won 1-0 in 13 innings as pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau, a rookie, came through with a two-out single.

"You can't (fall behind) too many times," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "At some point we gotta get a lead for our pitchers a little bit and let them work with a little bit of room to wiggle out of. Certainly we'll take these two (wins). At this time of the season, every win you can get is important, and these two have been really big."

The two walk-off wins against the lowly Tigers, who have the worst record in the majors, helped the Rays improve to 33-29 at home and remain in the American League's second and final wild-card playoff spot. On the road they're 40-23 with an MLB-best .635 winning percentage.

"I know we're going to talk about that until we get on a run here," Cash said after Friday's 2-0 loss to the Tigers. "I don't have a good answer for you, for any of it, really. We've pitched pretty consistently all year. Offensively, I don't think there's a major gap to what we do.

"I know we've got to play better at home. I certainly would agree with that assessment."

Even the players seemed perplexed by their comparative lack of success at home.

"Just one of those weird quirks in baseball that you can't explain," Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier told the Tampa Bay Times.

The Mariners have won four of their first six games during their nine-game trip, taking two of three in both Detroit and Toronto. Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi pitched a two-hitter in a 7-0 victory Sunday against the Blue Jays, needing only 96 pitches.

Third baseman Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a solo homer, his 16th of the season, in the second inning to give the Mariners the only run they would need. Seager has hits in 22 of his past 23 games, batting .357 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs in that span, to raise his season average from .186 to .242.

Seager, who hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning of Saturday's 4-3 victory, suggested his recent run is due to good health and better swing mechanics.

"If you are missing fastballs and you aren't on fastballs, you aren't going to be successful," he told the Seattle Times. "Last year, I couldn't do the things I wanted to do. I had physical issues that wouldn't let me do it. If the ball was in one spot, I could maybe hit it."

Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (12-10, 4.26 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener against Rays lefty Brendan McKay (2-2, 5.08), a rookie who will be making his first appearance against Seattle.

Gonzales is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in three career starts against the Rays. He faced them Aug. 9 in Seattle but didn't get a decision in a 5-3 defeat, allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts.

-- Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2019