Yandy Diaz slugged baseball’s lowest spender right into a matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the highly effective Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its personal recreation 5-1 within the AL wild-card spherical Wednesday night time.
Tommy Pham homered within the fifth for the 96-win Rays, who had the smallest payroll within the majors at $66.four million US. They had been unfazed by the towel-swirling Oakland dwelling crowd of 54,005 that established a wild-card report, having lately performed at Dodger Stadium and in addition on the street towards the Yankees and Purple Sox within the season’s closing two weeks.
The Rays raced out of their dugout to rejoice when Marcus Semien struck out to finish it, after which began placing on recent playoff T-shirts and caps.
“It is a stupendous factor having the bottom payroll in baseball and having the success we did,” Rays centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier stated earlier than the sport. “It all the time feels good to stay it to the person any time you are in a position to on this recreation, and that is one thing to be very happy with.”