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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Drew Rasmussen takes perfect game into ninth inning in Tampa Bay Rays’ victory over Baltimore Orioles

- Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays expanded their lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card to 1½ games with a 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Rasmussen allowed his first baserunner when Jorge Mateo doubled down the left-field line on the first pitch of the ninth. Mateo, who went 5-for-5 on Friday night, later scored on a Rasmussen wild pitch.

The right-hander struck out seven over 8⅓ innings, the longest outing of his career. He threw 62 of 87 pitches for strikes.

“I’ll take it,” Rasmussen said. “It helps our team’s chance of winning. When our team has a chance to win a game, that’s first and foremost, the most important thing.’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:50 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Reynard Posted: August 15, 2022 at 01:35 AM (#6091680)
I watched most of the game (everything past 3rd inning). Rasmussen's slider was wicked and he was placing his 4-seamer where he wanted. The pitch Mateo lined past Yandy at 3B was the only hung breaking pitch I saw. Most of the plays were weak grounders to an infielder, topping the ball into the ground weakly. You could see he was tiring a bit in the 8th but managed to get through it. If it hadn't been a perfect game, he'd have definitely been replaced by a RP to start the 9th. One of the more dominant non-K-oriented games I've ever watched though. He was averaging 3 pitches per batter roughly and hardly any hard hit balls 4th-8th, which was impressive.
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 15, 2022 at 08:53 AM (#6091688)
It's amazing how deep a pitcher can go into a game when they don't rely on strikeouts. This is hardly unique, but:

In the seven batters retired via strikeout, Rasmussen threw 40 pitches: 5.7 pitches per PA

In the 20 batters faced that didn't end in a strikeout (18 outs and one hit), he threw 47 pitches: 2.35 pitches per PA.

He had six one-pitch batters; three two-pitch batters; and seven three-pitch batters.

I think in this whole era of high-strikeout pitching, you hear the benefits of eliminating the defense as a variable...but that has to be wiped out as an advantage by not being able to get out of the 6th inning without throwing 100 pitches, because the starters simply have too many high-pitch innings.
   3. sotapop Posted: August 15, 2022 at 10:26 AM (#6091694)
Kicking myself because I have passes that I could have used yesterday, but decided to save them for a Friday night instead. Maybe for the best because by the eighth, I would have been a prime candidate for a heart attack.

This was really satisfying because there is a loud subset of Rays fans who screech about how Rasmussen is -- how did this guy say it the other day -- "a wet paper towel that falls apart under pressure." And Rasmussen does tend to nibble and go for the K. He's throwing about 17 pitches per inning this year going into Sunday's game, which gets you maybe 5-plus innings most days. On Sunday he threw 10 per inning and had a game that will shut down the critics at least for a week.

Will be interesting to see if he changes his approach going forward, or if it was all about confidence in his stuff on one day.

Also -- a big deal because the win gives the Rays the season edge over the Orioles in case of a playoff tiebreaker.
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 12:24 PM (#6091712)
Also -- a big deal because the win gives the Rays the season edge over the Orioles in case of a playoff tiebreaker.

Not something I would have ever expected to read as we near the end of the '22 season.
   5. John Reynard Posted: August 17, 2022 at 01:38 AM (#6091995)
It's amazing how deep a pitcher can go into a game when they don't rely on strikeouts.

Whats weird is Rasmussen until this outing had never really gone deep in a game, despite relatively low K totals (as a Ray anyhow). With the Brewers he was a 13K/9 guy as a wild reliever. With the Rays he's a 7.5K/9 guy who until recently had never cracked 90 pitches in a game.

I mean, I guess if his control stays pretty solid and he has built up to 90+ pitches, maybe he'll actually go 7+ innings fairly consistently. But, up until now that hasn't been par for the course. And, just prior to this start he had a 9 batter near perfect time through the order (an error) and was pulled. So, perhaps he's bumping up against some innings limit?

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