"My gosh," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Outstanding. Really nice to have Jake McGee back. ... Adding a pitcher like Jake McGee. I don't know how you can replace a guy like that. To get him back in here is really nice."
McGee faced three left-handers during his inning of work, which is why Cash opted to use him in the eighth.
"We had Jake ready to go for [left-handed hitting] Freddie Freeman," Cash said. "To us, it made sense to go with Jake. That's the nice luxury to have. At times, that can be flipped."
McGee's first appearance since coming off the disabled list came Sunday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Rays' 11-3 win over the Twins. Tuesday night felt different to McGee.
"It felt good," McGee said. "Especially the situation I was in. It was a night game. It was a close ballgame. A little more adrenaline tonight than last time."
Games have definitely become a little bit shorter for the Rays. Not only have they added a quality reliever at the back of the bullpen in McGee, they are now able to bring in Kevin Jepsen in the seventh, which they did Tuesday night.
"When you add McGee, you definitely shorten those games," Cash said.