The line drive that forced J.A. Happ out of the game on Tuesday night overshadowed another blown lead by the Rays. A 4-1 lead disappeared over the last three innings as Toronto won game two of the series 6-4. Although the Rays have scored 11 runs over the last two games they have only scored in only two innings.
The Rays squandered a seven-run lead on Monday night but Tuesday’s loss has become the recurring theme of the season, partially due to another blown call by home plate umpire Marty Foster.
After Colby Rasmus homered in the top of the second inning the Rays scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.
However, the inning could have turned out differently for Tampa Bay if Sean Rodriguez had been ruled safe at home on the squeeze bunt by Jose Molina. Marty Foster ruled that Rodriguez had not touched home and called him out, one glance at the replay showed Rodriguez to be obviously safe and Joe Maddon was thrown out for arguing with Foster. Continue reading
After dropping the first two games of the series against the Rangers the lefty Matt Moore toed the slab for Tampa Bay in the coldest day game in Arlington baseball history. Moore was once again effectively wild and the bullpen was able to protect the lead and slam the door to give the Rays a 2-0 victory.
The pitching matchup on get-away-day featured Derek Holland for the Rangers against Moore and the Rays.
Tampa Bay scratched across the first run of the game in the third inning when Ben Zobrist grounded into a force out to score Kelly Johnson.
Although the Rays scored they once again were unable to cash in on a bases loaded situation and the offense has been paltry at best so far. Desmond Jennings doubled for the third time in the series and after Sean Rodriguez did his job by advancing Jennings to third on a ground ball to the right side Evan Longoria drove him in on a sacrifice fly. Continue reading
If the Rays are to make the postseason in 2013 then Matt Moore will need to win 10-15 games and Friday night’s start against Cleveland was quite a good beginning for the young lefty. Moore gave up only two hits in six innings of work and the bullpen was perfect to give the Rays their second victory of the season. The win gives each team a 2-2 record.
Sam Fuld and Ben Zobrist led the Tampa Bay offense once again and Cleveland’s offense was nonexistent.
New acquisition and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn had the only two hits for the Tribe and the rest of the offense combined for 11 strikeouts.
Zobrist recorded two doubles off Indians’ starter Zach McAllister and drove in three runs. Yunel Escobar drove in his first run as a member of the Rays and his production will be paramount for Tampa Bay to be successful this season.
Although Moore had a high pitch count early on he was effectively wild at times. His slow-motion mechanics seem to lull the batters to sleep until the 95-mph fastball jumps by them for strike three. The 23-year old has already completed one full season in the bigs and will need to continue his maturation for Tampa Bay to be successful. The combo of Jake McGee, Brandon Gomes and Joel Peralta finished off game without allowing a hit. Continue reading