Marc Topkin’s not necessarily complete list of 10 memorable (not necessarily the best) Rays pitching performances:
• Wilson Alvarez, vs. Tigers, March 31, 1998: The first pitch in franchise history was certainly the start of something.
• Tony Saunders, vs. Orioles, April 22, 1999: His star-crossed career, which ended prematurely after he twice broke his arm throwing a pitch, included this wild outing in which he walked seven but had a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings.
• Dewon Brazelton, vs. Marlins, June 25, 2004: Not a lot went right for the Rays’ 2001 first-round pick, which made it all the more remarkable he carried a no-hitter two outs into the eighth.
• James Shields, vs, Angels, May 9, 2008. He allowed a third-inning single and nothing else in a complete game shutout. On Oct. 2, 2012, he had 15 Ks.
• Matt Garza, vs. Tigers, July 26, 2010: The first, and to this point, only no-hitter thrown by the Rays. There have been five against them.
• Davd Price, vs. Rangers, Sept. 30, 2013: For all the criticism Price has taken over his postseason record (until last year), he stepped up massively in what essentially was a playoff game — the win to get in Game 163 — and threw a complete game, allowing two runs.
• Chris Archer, vs. Angels, June 2, 2015: Put on a show with his slider in striking out a team-record tying 15, put himself in the conversation as a top starter. Then he retiried his first 19 on July 29, 2015, vs. the Tigers (6 1/3 innings the prior longest perfect game bid) and throwing a one-hit shutout vs. the Astros Aug. 20, 2015.
• Steve Geltz, June 9-24, 2015: The usually inconsistent reliever got in a remarkable groove, retiring 32 batters over the course of nine games. And a kiss from Paula Abdul was somehow involved.
• Matt Andriese, vs. A’s May 14, 2016: This two-hit shutout was good, but what makes it special is that the Rays have not thrown a complete game since, an odd piece of major-league history.
• Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough, vs. Orioles, July 14, 2019: There wasn’t much flashy on the mound or in the field, but they came within three outs of some amazing history.
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