ST. PETERSBURG -- Who gets the best in a trade usually takes a while to figure out. So the clear winner from the trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pirates for, among others, Tyler Glasnow, won't be known for some time.What we do know is that Glasnow has the firepower
ST. PETERSBURG -- Who gets the best in a trade usually takes a while to figure out. So the clear winner from the trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pirates for, among others, Tyler Glasnow, won't be known for some time.
What we do know is that Glasnow has the firepower to dominate. The right-hander showed as much in the Rays' 4-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, a victory capped off by Willy Adames walk-off homer.
Tied at 3, the game appeared headed into extra innings before Adames connected on a 3-1 pitch from Miguel Castro for the winning blast to left field with two outs in the ninth.
Glasnow, who pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Pirates this year, is stretching things out with the Rays to become a starter. Tuesday night's start, though just four innings, proved to be lights out. He hit 100 mph against Orioles leadoff batter Jonathan Villar, then backed down to 98 to strike him out, making Villar the first of his nine strikeouts.
"We'll get him built to a starter here eventually, but you just don't see stuff like that throughout the game," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He starts out throwing 98, 99 miles per hour in the first inning. He maintains his velocity. He's really done a nice job with the curveballs.
"He looks like he's getting into a rhythm. I know he's enjoyed it so far, being here, and results like that can only help."
Adding to the impressive outing, in which he allowed only two hits -- one on a home run to Timothy Beckham -- was his strike-throwing ability. He did not walk a batter. His strike percentage since coming to the Rays has been 69.7 percent.
"He's throwing the ball over the plate really, really well. I think he's finding comfort in a pretty simplified approach," Cash said. "The fastball, the breaking ball. You just attack, attack, attack."
Glasnow noted that before he got traded to the Rays he had made some "pretty big adjustments physically" that helped him regain some of the strength he'd shown early on in the Pirates' farm system.
"It was a good feeling, and then I kind of got traded over here. And I took what I figured out there and brought it here and mixed it all in with talking to [pitching coach Kyle] Snyder and like just how to attack hitters up in the zone," Glasnow said. "Just kind of seemed to mix well."
Meanwhile, old friend Alex Cobb returned to Tropicana Field for the first time as a member of an opposing team, and came through with a quality start, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts in seven innings. However, Cobb's tough-luck year continued as the Orioles allowed two unearned runs in the eighth to take the decision away from the right-hander.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Matt Duffy grounded to Orioles first baseman Chris Davis with no outs in the bottom of the eighth and Mallex Smith on first. It appeared the Orioles had a 3-6-3 double play. Instead, Davis threw wildly to second, and the Rays had runners on first and second, leading to a two-run inning that tied the game at 3.
At 22 years, 339 days, Adames became the fifth player in franchise history to hit a walk-off home run before his 23rd birthday, joining Jake Bauers (June 24 vs. the Yankees), Evan Longoria (2008), Delmon Young (2007), and Carl Crawford (twice in 2003).
The projected distance on his homer was 434 feet, according to Statcast™, the longest of his career, with an exit velocity of 110.6 mph.
"That's all I've got," Adames said.
HE SAID IT
"He got himself in a good hitter's count and didn't miss a pitch. That was pretty cool to see." -- Cash, on Adames' home run
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Rays challenged in the eighth when a sliding Villar was called safe at home. After a one minute, 19 second delay, the call was overturned.
Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.27 ERA) will start Wednesday night when the Rays face the Orioles in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Since the beginning of June, Stanek has posted a 1.59 ERA in 27 appearances. Stanek struck out all five batters he faced in his last appearance, against the White Sox. Right-hander Andrew Cashner (3-10, 5.05) will take the hill for the Orioles.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.