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Rays need more shutdown innings in their last loss to the Boston Red Sox

If there is anything that the worst streak in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise has shown us, it’s that they know how to fall behind.

Take Friday night’s loss (what else?) to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays fell behind in the first inning. They caught up. They fell behind again. They caught up again. They fell behind again. Why? Because that’s what losing teams do.

The Rays lost their 20th game in 23 outings Friday night, falling 6-5 to the Red Sox. That is the worst the Rays have been in the history of the franchise in 23 games.

It was the 12th loss in 16 decisions for Chris Archer, who went six innings and gave up five runs and seven hits. For the team, it dropped the Rays to eight games back…of fourth place in the AL East. Overall, they are 15 1/2 games behind.

“You want to go out there and have shutdown innings after we score,” said Archer. “It’s very tough. I’m typically better than that.”

Rays’ manager Kevin Cash agreed: “We have to find a way to get those shutdown innings. We’re very frustrated.”

It didn’t help that Archer threw first-pitch strikes to only 10 of 26 batters, or that, once again, he struggled in the first inning. For the year, Archer’s ERA is 4.66.

For the Rays, third baseman Evan Longoria, who was voted out of the All-Star game earlier in the day, went four-for-five with two RBI and a home run. Corey Dickerson and Nick Franklin also had two hits.

For Boston, David Ortiz hit a home run.

Today, the Rays’ Matt Moore faces Boston’s Rick Porcello in the team’s next-to-last game before the all-star break.

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No All-Star game for Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria, fifth in voting

In the end, Evan Longoria got a pretty nice t-shirt.

He did not, however, get the final spot on the AL all-star team.

Longoria finished fifth of five players competing for the final spot on the AL roster. Toronto’s Michael Sanders won the spot with 17.7 million votes.

Following Saunders were George Springer, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler.

In the National League, Brandon Belt of the Giants got the slot. He was followed by Sterling Marte of the Pirates, Trevor Story of the Rockies, Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks and Ryan Braun of the Brewers.

The Rays’ only all-star representative will be reliever Alex Colome.

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Punchless offense leads Rays to yet another defeat against Los Angeles Angels

The longer the Tampa Bay Rays hang around, the more likely it is that something bad is going to happen to them.

Take Thursday afternoon, for instance. Rookie Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and allowed only three hits, the same as the Los Angeles Angels’ Hector Santiago. But over the final four innings, the Angels pulled out a 5-1 victory with the last three runs coming off the bullpen.

The Rays struck out 13 times and had only five hits.

Snell fell to 1-4 on the season.

“For his sake, that might have been one of his best outings,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “I really think we’re all pleased with the way Blake made a commitment with commanding the ball, commanding the fastball. He had a good changeup going that he was throwing for strikes. I think Jim Hickey even referenced that after three innings, he had led off every batter with a strike, and that’s the kind of intent that we’re looking for out of him, because we know if he gets ahead in his counts, his stuff will work just fine up here.”

Tampa Bay, now next-to-last in the American League, now trails the Orioles by 15 ½ games. They are playing .400 baseball.

The Rays scored only when Brad Miller homered in the eighth.

“I think we’ve been very honest and up front: We are frustrated,” Cash said. “We aren’t pleased with the way things are going, and the only way you get out of that is to start winning some ballgames. We’re going to Boston now. We’ve got three big games up there before the break, and we play well, some really competitive baseball against the Red Sox, and it should be a good challenge for us to get going before the break.”

Former Tampa Bay player Yunel Escobar had three hits for the Angels.

The Rays now visit the Red Sox. Chris Archer pitches tonight.

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Angels drub Tampa Bay Rays after Steven Souza benched for not hustling

It was a big enough gaffe for Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza to be pulled from the game.

It was not big enough, evidently, for manager Kevin Cash to talk about after a 13-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Cash pulled Souza from the game in the fourth inning, just after Souza had tripled and scored. Souza had been slow to get out of the batter’s box.

“You know what, there are issues that happen in a team that we address in-house,” Cash said. “We’ll keep in-house and we’ll move on from there.”

Cash said “no message” was being sent.

“I think the bottom line is that I play hard but right there I didn’t play very hard,” Souza said. “I got caught slipping and took for granted a routine play. I got to third, but I could have easily scored if I was running hard. It’s a bit embarrassing, it’s not how this team runs. It’s not how we want our identity to be and I’m not proud of it. If you go watch the video, I’m not even at first base yet and that’s not in my DNA. That’s not how I want to play this game.”

It was just one more negative in a 20-game slide that has left the Rays firmly entrenched in fifth place. The Rays have only won three games of those 20. It was the third time in the last six games the Rays have given up double-digit runs. The pitching staff has a 6.35 ERA (173-IP, 122-ER) over this 3-17 stretch, compared to a 4.03 ERA before it. The bullpen has a 9.26 ERA (57.1-IP, 59-ER), compared to a 3.63 ERA before it.

“The issue of the night was getting the lead and not being able to find that shut-down inning,” Cash said. “As far as (Odorizzi0, he looked really crisp in the 1st inning.”

Pitcher Jake Odorizzi gave up nine hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen gave up six more in the ninth inning.

“It’s just frustrating,” Odorizzi said. “I’m not throwing how I’m capable of doing. We had the lead and gave it right back. That’s on me. I’m accountable for it. Nobody is more frustrated than me with my performances this entire season. I’m just going to work in between starts and get back to where I should be.

“It starts with starting pitching. We just need consistent performances. Matt did a great job yesterday, I did a bad job today. It all starts with us. …It falls on us to go set the tone. Our offense has been doing pretty good scoring runs for us and we just haven’t done a good job of holding it.”

The Angels got two home runs from C.J. Cron.

Today, Drew Smyly throws against Jered Weaver.

 

 

 

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Has Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore made himself too valuable to trade away?

For a while, Matt Moore was pitching well enough for another team to be interested in him.

These days, Moore is pitching well enough to stay.

Despite trade rumors, Moore pitched well again Monday, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to win 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2. It was the sixth straight game Moore had pitched six innings or more. It evened his record at 5-5 and was the first time he has won back to back games (with no no-decisions in between) since 2013.

Moore has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his last 14 starts.

“I think in the earlier innings I was searching for a little bit of command there, in general, with all my pitches,” Moore said. “I think I could’ve been better before I got myself into some of those situations, like the hit-by-pitch, or walking [Mike] Trout. But I think overall the adjustments in- game and being able to work with the defense there to get out of some of those innings when they were threatening.”

The Rays, winning for only the third time in their last 19 games, got two RBI from first baseman Logan Morrison on a home run and a single. Brad Miller also had two hits, including a home run. Steven Souza had two hits as well.

“Feels good to get a win,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “Kinda difficult to come by these days, so it’s nice. Matt Moore set the tone; he threw the ball really well. If you go back to Matt’s last three or four ballgames, he’s just been outstanding. You take away one inning in Baltimore that got away from us a little bit, other than that he’s given us every opportunity to keep games within reach and win ballgames. He’s on a really good run; that’s great to see.”

For the Rays, rookie Ryan Garton had his first save.

“Obviously, the back end of the bullpen today, to come into that situation, we’re asking some guys we know aren’t accustomed to doing things like that at the major league level,” Cash said. “Hopefully Ryan Garton’s got a smile ear-to-ear and doesn’t wipe it off all night. Really happy for him.”

In his last appearance, Garton gave up four straight hits as the Rays’ gave up eight runs to blow a 7-2 lead in the ninth.

“I got the opportunity and was super excited that I did my job, and we got a win as a team. Being able to get the win as a team is a huge thing right now. To get this team back on the winning train is nice.”

Jake Odorizzi pitches for the Rays Tuesday against the Angels’ Tim Lincecum.

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Tampa Bay Rays lose yet again to Tigers despite solid start by Chris Archer

Even when they get unusually good starting pitching, the day ends in the usual disappointment for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Despite getting one of Chris Archer’s finest starts – 5 2/3 of three-hit, shutout baseball – the Rays’ bullpen faltered again in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. It concluded the first half of the season at 33-48. The Rays have won only two of their last 18 games.

Tampa Bay has given up at least five runs in all but two of those 18 games.

“I can’t help but feel really good about what Chris Archer did today,” said manager Kevin Cash.  “He looked like he kicked it in gear and kind of showed up the Archer we know he’s very capable of being. That was an outstanding effort, an outstanding performance for him to even come remotely close to getting his pitch count back in order the way he did after the first, I believe he had 50 pitches the first two innings. You don’t foresee guys going that deep like he did. Just an outstanding effort by Arch

“We can’t help but to be excited about his individual outing. The loss is frustrating, as they all are, but the outing that Chris provided— and a lot of our starters recently have done a nice job—we’re just coming up short maybe at the end of ball games.”

The Rays led 1-0 going into the eighth inning, but the Tigers scored three times in the eighth and two more in the ninth. In the eighth, a groundout by Victor Martinez scored the tying run. Justin Upton’s double then gave the Tigers the lead.

A two-run homer by Ian Kinsler was the big blow.

“I really didn’t change anything,” Archer said. “It’s just 18 pitches in, I was a lot better than the first 18 pitches. It’s frustrating, but it’s definitely not something I dwell on. It does alter the course of the game and makes the bullpen come in earlier than need be, but I don’t beat myself up over it. It’s just, for some reason, the first 10 of 15 pitches just haven’t been ideal for me. But a day like today, it’s not something I beat myself up over because you have to move forward, and you have to give the team your best after all that stuff happens and I think I did a decent job of that today.”

Tampa Bay managed only six hits for the day.

Matt Moore starts for the Rays today against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Tigers win again as Tampa Bay loses their 15th game in 17 decisions

Every day feels the same. Every song sounds the same. Every loss feels the same.

That’s what it’s like for the Tampa Bay Rays, a team stuck in Grounghog Day.

The Rays – surprise, surprise – lost another game Saturday afternoon, their 15th loss in their last 17 games. It dropped the team to 14 games under .500, a two-year low. This time, it was only 3-2, and the battered bullpen didn’t give up a run. Still, the Rays lost as Blake Snell fell to the Detroit Tigers’  Justin Verlander.

“We got beat by a really good pitcher who had really good stuff today. He attacked, game plan you could kind of tell from the side he had the location to do it,” said manager Kevin Cash. “He selected some certain hitters that were willing maybe to expand up in the zone and then some that were expanding down in the zone, so he definitely made it tough. There wasn’t a ton of hard contact; the ones that were seemed to find, the atom balls (hit at-em) right at some guys.”

Each team had only five hits. The big blow for the Tigers was a home run by Ian Kinsley.

Cash said that fans have yet to see the best of pitcher Blake Snell.

“We still [have] yet to have seen the best of Blake,” Cash said. “He’s given us a chance to win, there’s no doubt; but the way we’re playing right now, it’s tough to overcome some of those runs. … There’s some positives with Blake. Generally you see a young pitcher that doesn’t have good stuff, doesn’t have command and just implodes. He’s not doing that. He’s battling through a lack of command and I think that shows quite a lot about the pitcher.”

Snell agreed he has more to give.

“I would agree,” he said. “There is a lot more I have to offer. At the same time, I have to be confident in the zone, I have to pound the zone, that’s something I need to work on.”

Today, Chris Archer pitches for the Rays against Mike Pelfrey.

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Tigers beat up on on Tampa Bay, bullpen once again in easy victory

Things are going so badly for the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen these days that they turned to an infielder Friday night.

The Rays, being bashed by the Detroit Tigers, let infielder Taylor Motter finished the game up. And at least Motter kept the baseball inside the park, as opposed to other Rays’ pitchers who gave up a pair of three-run homers to Victor Martinez.

The Tigers, who scored eight runs in the ninth on Thursday night, scored 10 on 14 hits. The Rays scored twice in the ninth and had only four hits.

The Rays are 2-14 over their last 16 games (since June 16). The bullpen has a 9.74 ERAover that span and has allowed runs in 15 of those 16 games.

“I think the bullpen right now is in a rut,” said manager Kevin Cash. “The home runs are beating us up, especially when they’re coming with guys on base. You give up two three-run homers, you’re making it really difficult to win games and you’re making it really difficult to get back in the ballgame, so somehow we’ve got to prevent a little bit of both—the baserunners and also the home run. We need to make some better pitches. We’re just not.”

Cameron Maybin and James McCann each had three hits for the Tigers.

The Rays are now 33-46. Drew Smyly fell to 2-9, giving up four earned runs in six innings.

“He just said to go get loose in the cage, and if they needed me I was ready,” Motter said. “It was just a one-time thing, and who knows if it’s going to happen again. I got out there and got an out, so I did what I needed to do. You just hope you don’t go out in a game like that. We’re losing big-time, and you hate to see a game like that get away from us.”

Today, Blake Snell pitches against Justin Verlander.

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Tampa Bay Rays collapse, blow five-run lead in loss to explosive Detroit Tigers

The game was a stroll on the beach.

It was an afternoon in the park. A float down the river. A Sunday afternoon drive.

And then the sky fell.

The Tampa Bay Rays blew a staggering lead Thursday night, giving up a five-run lead and losing a 10-7 game to the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers had only four hits going into the ninth, but for some reason, manager Kevin Cash entrusted the lead to young Ryan Garton. The Tigers beat up on Garton, and eventually Erasmo Ramirez, and a nightmare ensued.

The first 10 Detroit batters who came to the plate had seven hits, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. The biggest hit was a bases-loaded double by Cameron Maybin.

The Tigers finished the inning with eight runs on seven hits. It was the biggest blown lead for the Rays since August of 2013 against the Dodgers.

The Rays had built a big lead on a four-run third, three of them on a bases-loaded double by Nick Frankin. The Rays padded their lead to 7-2 with two runs in the eighth.

But in the ninth, Garton gave up four straight singles. Ramirez came in and gave up two singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly. Maybin’s three-run double gave his team the lead.

“That’s a frustrating loss,” manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t know if there’s been one more frustrating this year, but that was definitely a difficult one. … They just pieced together a bunch of hits. They did it off of Ryan [Garton] and then also Erasmo. We always talk about how hitting gets contagious. That was one contagious inning for them.”

Jake Odorizzi allowed only two earned runs in five innings. Matt Andriese then came in and pitched three innings on only 27 pitches. But Cash pulled Andriese for Garton, who couldn’t hold the lead.

“Given his recent workload,” Cash said. ” and also when you separate the games to five runs there, a five-run lead, we’re capable of having pitchers that need to go out there and get the job done for us.”

Both Garton and Ramirez gave up four runs. Ramirez has lost three of his last four appearances. Since May 6, his ERA is 7.16 over 21 appearances.

“I was just hoping the snowball would keep rolling down the hill,” Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus said. “I don’t know if I have ever seen that before, where there was an offensive explosion like that in the ninth inning to come back and win a ballgame.”

Tonight, Drew Smyly of the Rays pitches against Detroit’s Michael Fulmer.

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Rays treat old teammate David Price rudely in 4-0 victory over Red Sox

The baseball fans at Tropicana Field may have been happy to see David Price again on Wednesday.

The Rays certainly were.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who had lost 12 of 13 games, took it out on Price in a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday.

Instead, old friend Matt Moore got the win with seven innings of three-hit shutout pitching.

Price is now 1-3 against the Rays with a 6.36 era since being traded by Tampa Bay.

“Bad. Again,” Price said. “I’m just putting us behind the eight ball early in games. I’m not setting the tone the way that I need to. It tough, but I’ve got to get better. I’m so much better than this. I’ve just got to get better. It’s crushing me right now, but I’ll get there. I’ve just got to pitch better. That’s what it is right now; it’s not something else. It’s not bad luck. It’s me, so I’ve got to get better.”

The Rays’ had a double and a home run from Brandon Guyer in his first game back from the disabled list.

“I think everybody in this building has admiration for Price and what he means to the organization,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “Anytime you get to compete against him, it is special. Especially those guys who were here. Matt was a young pitcher when he was here. They follow him, they listen to him and to go toe-to-toe with that guy has to be special for Matt. And he was outstanding.”

Moore had a no-hitter through five innings. He worked his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the sixth.

“I think I was able to not have that relapse where you’ve gotta reset. Even with the bases loaded there, just being able to get a couple of those outs and stay on track was probably the biggest reason,” Moore said. “(It helped in the sixth) to slow it down, not feel like I’m rushing or that I have to do something special. You could tell that especially Ortiz was taking, just making sure we were coming in the zone. … Curt and I were on the same page for most of the night.”

Thursday, Jake Odorizzi (3-3) pitches for the Rays.

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