Tampa Bay Rays dominate against the Orioles

Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Baltimore Orioles away on Sunday with a score of 12-8.

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Associated Press

Joey Wendle hits a grand slam and celebrates with teammates.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Rays continue to show dominance, beating the Baltimore Orioles 12-8 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday, August 29th. It did help that the Baltimore Orioles have been the worst performing team in the American League East in the past couple of years. Currently, they are 24 ½ games back from the Tampa Bay Rays. Some highlights of the day include Randy Arozerena scoring Brandon Lowe on an RBI single, getting an early start on the Orioles in the first inning. Joey Wendle scored Randy Arozerena into home plate to make it a score of 2-0. Notable was Jordan Luplow hitting a home run when his ball hit the fair side of the foul pole and bounced back in remaining in play. Austin Meadows hit a two-run homerun and in back-to back play, Joey Wendle hit his outstanding 8th homerun of the season, bringing the score to 6-2 Rays.  Then, Joey hit a grand slam with his second homerun of the game, demonstrating how he performs great against the Orioles. This brings the Rays to a 10-4 lead. Wander Franco hit a bloop two-run single and the Orioles defense was caught napping, bringing the Rays final score to 12-8. This finishes off the Baltimore season series against the Rays after scoring 6-3 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday for a final 18-1 season record.

Currently, the Rays are in first place in the American League East, winning an impressive 82 games so far this season. If this pace continues, the Rays will break another franchise record. The most wins in a season so far in the Rays’ franchise history is 97 wins in 2008. They currently lead the league in bullpen wins. According to the Baseball-Reference website, play-off odds for the Tampa Bay Rays are now at 99.9% and at 18.4% for the Rays to win the World Series.

Several players stand-out at the moment. Since the acquisition of Nelson Cruz, Wander Franco has had an amazing on-base streak. The Rays have been averaging an amazing 6.72 runs per game. Mike Zunino and Francisco Mejia lead the major leagues in catchers hitting home runs. Brandon Lowe continues to be on fire hitting 30 home runs this season. Additionally, Chris Archer is back from the injury list (IL) after suffering hip tightness during his last start, looking to bounce back and dominate his next game.

The second place New York Yankees are 5 ½ games back from the Rays. The third place Boston Red Sox are 7 ½ games back. The Rays and the Red Sox start a four game series beginning this Monday home at Tropicana Field at 7:00 pm.