Ray’s Yarbrough “little angry” over hook after 8 2/3 innings

Chris Talbott Associated Press
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough had mixed emotions following the most impressive start of his young career.

The former Mariners minor leaguer came within an out of his first career shutout, and did it against his former team. Yet after 8 2/3 sparkling innings Sunday, he also felt miffed at manager Kevin Cash for pulling him from Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory over Seattle.

“Obviously I’m a little angry, but I would think he would want me to be,” Yarbrough said.

Eric Sogard hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Yarbrough (11-3) made it stand. He retired his final 14 batters and struck out eight in the longest outing of his career. He was replaced after 99 pitches by Emilio Pagan for the final out. Pagan retired pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez on a grounder for his third save of the series and 12th overall.

The Rays — well known for their creative and aggressive bullpen usage — hadn’t had a pitcher throw a complete game since May 2016, and Yarbrough was just the second starter to work into the ninth in that span.

“That’s really not the story,” Cash said. “The story is how dominating he is.”

Tampa Bay has won 10 of 12 and remains in position for the second AL wild card. The Rays have won seven straight road games, one shy of the team record set in July 2014, and swept the three-game set after losing their previous nine games in Seattle.

The Mariners failed to advance a runner past first base. In the game’s most tense moment, Yarbrough struck out powerhitting pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach on a 3-2 count in the eighth — just his third three-ball count of the game. The left-handed swingman is 6-0 in his last 10 appearances and hasn’t lost since June 13.