Thanks to the power show provided by Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison, the Tampa Bay Rays have quickly changed their fortunes.
The dynamic duo belted nine of the team’s 11 homers over the last four games, helping Tampa Bay take three of four from the Minnesota Twins. They look to continue their blistering hot streak on Monday, when the Rays head to Arizona to close out their 10-game road trek with a three-game series against the Diamondbacks.
Longoria launched a franchise-record five homers over the four-game series, while Morrison went deep four times against Minnesota, helping Tampa Bay take three in a row after a lowly 2-11 stretch. Both players crossed the plate eight times during their respective nine-game hit streaks, although Longoria — who is batting .457 in his past nine contests — has collected 14 RBI to boot. That’s not to say LoMo has been a slacker…not in the least. Morrison, who hit four home runs in the last three games, has a .423 average over his last 20.
Both those guys, gosh, they’re on fire, manager Kevin Cash said following the series finale on Sunday. Just shows when you get two really good hitters on fire, they can carry a big load for you offensively and they’re doing that.
The Diamondbacks will try to keep the pair in check after salvaging the series finale against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday for just their fourth win in 13 contests. With the victory, Arizona snapped Jake Arrieta’s 20 game win streak.
(Beating Arrieta) is something no one has done for a while now, manager Chip Hale said. I’m very proud of the guys. They battled. I told them they have the guts of a burglar.
Arizona will begin a nine-game home stand on Monday, although the team has under performed at Chase Field this season, going just 9-20 at home.