Kevin Cash went for broke and the Rays ended up with empty pockets.
The Tampa Bay manager made the curious decision to pull his ace, Blake Snell, on Tuesday night after just 73 pitches following a single by Austin Barnes in the bottom of the sixth inning. The move irrevocably changed the course of the game and the 2020 World Series.
Snell was clearly upset with the decision, who was, as they say, shoving: He had allowed just two hits and struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings. So, needless to say, Cash was questioned about it after the Rays’ Game 6 loss, and his answer was about what you’d predict:
Snell was as diplomatic as possible in his response:
“I did everything I could to stay in that game,” Snell said postgame. … “I know it’s third time through, but I believe in me.”
While Snell was fair in his presentation, Kevin Kiermaier was less so:
Cash was panned for pulling his ace, and obviously the move didn’t work out: The Dodgers scored twice off reliever Nick Anderson, giving them a 2-1 lead. Mookie Betts added a solo home run in the eighth to give LA a 3-1 lead, which would hold firm in the win.
Both Betts and Cody Bellinger joked about the Rays’ decision to pull Snell early. As the saying goes: He who laughs last, laughs loudest.
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