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Rays continue to strand runners in sweep by San Francisco

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The Tampa Bay Rays had no problems getting men on baseball against the San Francisco Giants.

The sad part was that the Rays left them there.

The Rays stranded 11 runners in scoring position on Sunday as they were swept, 5-1, by the Giants. Over the series, the Rays were 0-for-20, and in their last five games, they are four-for-49.

“That was a series of us just not getting it done whatsoever,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “The big hit obviously eluded us. We had baserunners all over the place in the first two innings and to come out of that with one run—especially in the first—we’ve got to be able to capitalize on that, and we did not. A lot of people say you’ve got to win the ballgame at certain points; to me, that was a huge deciding factor that we didn’t tack on more runs when we had the opportunity to do that.”

The Rays gave up three in the eight on Saturday and four in the ninth on Sunday.

Jake Odorizzi started and pitched well for the Rays, giving up only four hits and one earned run before leaving in a 1-1 game.

“It was good to be out there with all my stuff. I threw my cutter today. I broke that back out and just from an overall sense it felt normal … as opposed to fighting myself. … I felt I made a good bit of strides today and felt good from start to finish. It’s a good outing to build on and hopefully, keep going as long as I can.”

“We were in both those games, we just didn’t have a timely hit,” said Steve Pearce. “We didn’t get worked the whole series; we were in both the games. … San Francisco’s a good team, but we’ve got to find ways to get the job done.”

The Rays are now 31-36. They now travel to Cleveland. Drew Smyly will start the first game.


Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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