It’s the conclusion of an interleague series on the diamond in southern California. The Tampa Bay Rays are on the road as they close out a three-game series with the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Monday night, it was Tampa Bay rolling to a 10-4 victory to draw first blood in the set. The pitching matchup for the second game of the set Tuesday night saw Brendan McKay take the mound for the Rays: he was scheduled to be opposed by the Padres’ Eric Lauer. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 10:10 pm ET.
Tampa Bay Rays Battling in AL Wild Card Race
Tampa Bay won their fourth straight game as they claimed the opener of this set with a solid offensive performance. The Rays entered Tuesday second in the AL East, nine games behind the Yankees: they held the second wild card spot over the A’s by two games. Tampa Bay got four hits from Matt Duffy (three RBI) while Avisail Garcia (two runs, two RBI) added three, including his 17th homer of the season. Diego Castillo was the opener and didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed one run (none earned) on two hits with no walks or strikeouts in one inning of work. Austin Pruitt (2-0) earned the win as he threw four innings: he allowed one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
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Jalen Beeks is expected to be the bulk pitcher in this one regardless of who the Rays deploy as an opener: he makes his 25th appearance of the season, including two starts. He comes in 5-1 with one save, a 3.71 ERA, a 1.375 WHIP, 30 walks and 65 strikeouts over 80 innings of work this season. Beeks didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against the Mariners Friday night. He threw 3.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in an eventual 5-3 Rays win. Beeks is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA, a 2.18 WHIP, four walks and six strikeouts over 7.1 innings in his two starts this year. He faces the Padres for the first time in his career in this, his 39th major league appearance and his fourth start. That makes this his first career outing at Petco Park.
San Diego Padres Fading in NL Wild Card Chase
San Diego dropped their second straight as they were rolled over in the opening game of the series Monday night. The Padres entered Tuesday fourth in the NL West, 23 games behind the Dodgers: they were seven games behind the second wild card spot. Eric Hosmer (RBI) was the lone player with two hits for San Diego in the loss while Ian Kinsler hit his ninth homer of the season. Joey Lucchesi (7-7) took the loss on the mound as he allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work.
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Cal Quantrill takes the mound for his 17th appearance and 12th start of the season for the Padres in this contest. He comes in 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.143 WHIP, 18 walks and 57 strikeouts over 70 innings of work this season. Quantrill picked up the win in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Rockies. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 7-1 San Diego victory. Quantrill is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, four walks and 12 strikeouts over 17.1 innings in his last three starts. He makes his first career start against the Rays in this, his 17th major league appearance and 12th career start. Quantrill is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, 11 walks and 32 strikeouts over 40 innings in nine career appearances, seven starts, at Petco Park.
- Rays are 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games
- Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record
- Padres are 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Padres are 7-3 in their last 10 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record