Evidently, the Tampa Bay Rays traded away their offense Monday afternoon.
So what if it was only Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer who were traded from the lineup. Against the Kansas City Royals, however, it was if the two took the bats with them.
The Rays managed only one eighth-inning double against Danny Duffy, who threw a one-hit shutout and struck out 16. He was six outs away from no-hitting the Rays for the sixth time.
“Duffy had everything going, obviously,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “Electric fastball and a wipeout change-up mixed in an occasional curveball. Obviously, he gave us a lot of trouble, and from the side you could definitely see why. A quiet night offensively.”
The Rays’ Chris Archer matched zeroes into the seventh inning but ended up giving up three runs. A solo homer by Kendrys Morales broke the tie. Archer’s record fell to 5-15, the most losses in the majors.
“(The Trade Deadline) didn’t carry over for me,” said Archer. “It was disappointing, a frustrating day, emotional day like you said. But I don’t know if that’s why we lost the game. I’d probably say that’s not the reason we lost the game. That dude (Duffy) was on.”
Archer summed up how he pitched quickly.
“Not good enough to win,” he said.
Tampa Bay was shut out for the eighth time on the season. Desmond Jennings hit a 1-1 pitch to left for the team’s only hit. Logan Forsythe walked on a full count in the fourth.
“My fastball was jumping out of my hand, my changeup felt really good, and my slider was there, so one of the few and far between times that somebody has all of their pitches working the way they want it, so it was good,” Duffy said. “I could feel it coming out of my hand really well [in the bullpen], but I don’t really put my foot on the gas in the bullpen until like the last three pitches; I’m trying to keep the reserves as long as I can for outings like this.”
The Rays have now lost 11 of their last 12 against the Royals.
Matt Andriese will pitch for the Rays tonight against Yordano Ventura.