The Rays were clobbered by the Marlins Sunday after, losing 9-1 in their most lopsided defeat of the year. It was Tampa Bay’s fifth loss in six games, a stretch I which they’ve beeen outscored 37-22. The Rays were 20-19 at one point, but they have fallen to 21-24.
“We just got outplayed today,” said manager Kevin Cash. “We got outpitched. We got outhit. They defended better than us.”
Pretty much, every shortcoming the team has was on display. Only once in the last 16 games has a Rays’ pitcher gone as many seven innings.
This time, Drew Smyly left a pair of two-out curveballs high, and Miami hit both for two-run homers to take a 5-0 lead and coast. Offensively, the Rays had only seven hits, three of those by Corey Dickerson. For the Marlins, Adeiny Hechavarria and Chris Johnson had the home runs.
In all, the Marlins had 15 hits, including three by Hechavarria. Five other Marlins had two hits.
The Rays have not pitched to expectations all season. Their era is over four for the season.
“We came in with a lot of hype about our pitching staff,” Cash said. “These guys take a lot of pride in what they do. They’ll figure it out. When they do, we’ll get hot. We need them to pitch better. We need them to get going. They’re fully aware if that.”
The Rays start a weekend series with the Yankees tonight with Chris Archer (3-5) on the mound.