Former Maryland second baseman Brandon Lowe was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend, and his first career highlight came in the field Thursday night.
With one out in the top of the ninth and the Rays leading the Baltimore Orioles by a run, Trey Mancini laced a slider from Sergio Romo up the middle for what looked like a certain base hit. But Lowe (pronounced like “wow”) had other ideas.
When we say max effort, we mean ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/2diliWzunK— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 10, 2018
Romo would retire the following batter for the game’s final out, giving the Rays a 5-4 victory.
Lowe still doesn’t have a hit in 10 MLB at-bats—he went 0-for-3 Thursday in his third career game—but he’s given Tampa Bay a boost in the field. He was called up after second baseman Daniel Robertson was placed on the DL with a thumb injury, and can also play left field. Lowe had been tearing up the minor leagues at the plate, posting a stellar .304/.380/.613 line since being called up to Triple-A Durham in June.
He’s one of three Maryland products in the Major Leagues; one is Cardinals pitcher Brett Cecil, and the other is Lowe’s Rays teammate, pitcher Adam Kolarek. It’s the first time two Terps have shared a big-league clubhouse since 1950. The Baltimore Sun wrote about that unique dynamic yesterday.
In other news
There was football on TV last night! Let’s run down the list of Terps rookies in action:
- DJ Moore led the Panthers with 75 receiving yards on four catches, including a 32-yarder and this play right here.
ICYMI: DJ Moore can make THINGS happen! pic.twitter.com/Iif77QDZqR— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 10, 2018
- Jermaine Carter Jr. recorded a sack and assisted on two tackles in the Panthers’ 28-23 win over the Bills.
First NFL sack not used to being unblocked lol pic.twitter.com/DxmLSZNAnl— Jermaine Carter Jr. (@JERMA1NECARTER) August 10, 2018
- Josh Woods notched two solo tackles in the Bears’ 30-27 loss to the Bengals. His Chicago teammate Cavon Walker didn’t record any stats.
- JC Jackson had three tackles for the Patriots, who came back to beat the Redskins 26-17.
(We’ll have more on the rest of the Terps in the NFL after this weekend’s games.)
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