The Tampa Bay Rays are on fire! The undefeated team has racked up another big win, this time against the Detroit Tigers, with a score of 7-1. The shining star of the game was Isaac Paredes, who hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to secure the victory for the Rays.
This kind of performance is something the MLB hasn’t seen in over 130 years. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Paredes became the first player to hit a grand slam in his first career start since Dandy Sweeney did it for the Buffalo Bisons back in 1884. That’s an incredible feat and adds to the excitement around this undefeated Rays team.
Paredes didn’t just hit the grand slam; he also had two other hits in the game, bringing his tally to three RBIs. And he wasn’t alone in the offensive onslaught. The Rays had 10 hits in total, with Ji-Man Choi, Willy Adames and Mike Brosseau each getting two apiece.
But it wasn’t just the bats that were hot for the Rays; their pitching was also impressive. Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow struck out five batters in five innings, only allowing one earned run on a homer by Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop. The rest of the bullpen also held the Tigers scoreless, with Diego Castillo, Ryan Sherriff and Pete Fairbanks combining for four shutout innings.
This win gives the Rays a 4-0 record to start the season. It’s the best start in franchise history and has fans and analysts alike buzzing about their potential. This kind of performance puts the Rays at the top of the American League East division and could set them up for a deep playoff run.
It’s still early in the season, but this unbeaten start and Isaac Paredes’ historic grand slam are signs that the Rays are a team to watch in 2021. With a potent offense, strong pitching and a hunger for success, the Rays could be a force to be reckoned with this season. It’s an exciting time to be a Rays fan!