Rays leftovers: Stanek starting Tuesday, Archer working on ‘rust’

After using nine pitchers Monday, Rays still have plenty of options on another bullpen day vs. Tigers.
The Rays throw water -- and gum -- at Daniel Robertson in celebrating his 10th-inning walkoff single to beat the Tigers on Monday night.
(CHRIS URSO | Times)
The Rays throw water -- and gum -- at Daniel Robertson in celebrating his 10th-inning walkoff single to beat the Tigers on Monday night. (CHRIS URSO | Times)
Published July 10, 2018

Lots of leftover notes from Monday's wild 10-9 Rays win in 10 innings over the Tigers. Rays have won 12 of 16 overall, 12 of 13 at home, and somehow they're now 7-2 in their last nine one-run games. More from the win:

— RHP Ryne Stanek, who faced two batters and threw nine pitches in the eighth inning Monday, will still be Tuesday's starter. He gave up a run to raise his season ERA to 2.12, but hasn't allowed any runs in his last eight starts, with just five hits against him in 11.2 innings.

Kevin Cash said nearly all his relievers, save rookie Hunter Wood, who got eight outs without allowing a hit, would be available Tuesday. Ryan Yarbrough, the only reliever not used Monday, should get a long outing after Stanek is done.

— Line of the night, from Cash, admitting that "wins are wins" but that Monday wasn't anything pretty as the Rays led 5-0 early, 7-3 after six and 9-7 after seven and still needed 10 innings to win: "I'm not exactly sure what took place, but whatever food we ate before the game today, we will not be eating tomorrow."

— RHP Chris Archer, pitching for the first time in five weeks after being sidelined with an abdominal strain, said there were two things that mattered most Monday: He was healthy and the Rays won.

"It stinks that I gave up a few runs later in the game there," Archer said after the game. "I'm knocking some rust off. I think my stuff's going to get crisper and crisper and the results will be better next time."

Cash, on Archer: "It's surprising. We've talked about his command being so good. The first two pitches of the game, almost hits a guy in the head. I think rusty is a fair term."

— What a game to showcase Daniel Robertson, who started the game in left field, making a run-saving diving catch, and finished at second base. He got three hits, including the walkoff single in the 10th, but gave credit to everyone else: Kevin Kiermaier for the triple to set up the win, and Matt Duffy for a long walk to help show him what to expect from Blaine Hardy.

"I can't give enough credit to KK to get that going," Robertson said. "Getting on third base there. Matt Duffy with the at-bat of the day. I don't know how many pitches he saw, but he would get me enough pitches to know what that guy was doing. What an at-bat that was. At the end of the day, I knew I had (Wilson) Ramos coming up behind me. I knew they were going to try to attack me."

— Cash had high praise for rookie Hunter Wood, who came in with two runners on in a 5-3 game and got the next eight outs without giving up any hits, lowering his season ERA to 2.00. He's 24 and was making just his fifth major-league appearance.

"He's had a couple of really impressive outings," Cash said. "He just throws the ball over the plate and lets his stuff play. He was 93 to 95-96 today, complements it with the cutter that he throws, that big breaking ball. He's not concerned about who is at the plate. He just goes and tries to accomplish his game plan. More times than not, he's gotten big outs for us."