Tampa Bay Rays Take Game 2 of World Series

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell in 2018. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (9886519n)

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers now have one win apiece in the World Series after the Rays took Game 2 by a score of 6-4.

The Rays hopped out to an early 5-0 lead, which was enough for them to hold on and win the game. Tampa Bay was led by their reliable starting pitcher Blake Snell, and on the offensive side, by Brandon Lowe, whose bat finally woke up.

After driving in just two runs in Tampa’s first 15 playoff games, Lowe hit two home runs in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Snell pitched 4.75 innings, allowing two runs and striking out nine batters. The Rays already had a 5-0 lead when Snell gave up his first hit of the night.

He became the first pitcher to open a World Series game with six strikeouts in three hitless innings since “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson did the same in Game 2 of the 2001 World Series.

One thing that might be concerning for the Rays going deeper into the series is the performance of their reliever Nick Anderson, who has allowed a run in his last four attempts to close out a game.