The Struggle Is Real, Archer Pummeled By Phillies

Rays, Archer Continue To Struggle In ’18

The Philadelphia Phillies scored six runs in the second en route to a 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Chris Archer (1-1, 7.84 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who fall to 3-11 on the season. The 3-11 mark is the worst start in franchise history. Archer allowed seven earned runs in four innings on eight hits walking two and striking out two. For Archer, the struggles to begin the 2018 extend as far back as last year’s All Star Game.

Jake Arrieta (1-0, ERA) picks up the win for the Phillies who improve to 8-5 on the year. The win extends their win streak to five straight, their longest streak since July 26 through 31, 2017 (Houston/Atlanta). Arrieta held the Rays to three runs (two earned) in 6.2-innings of work. He allowed seven hits while striking out one and walking two.  A total of 16 outs came off 14 ground outs. He threw 88 pitches with 57 for strikes.

Archer’s Struggles Extend Beyond 2018:

Tampa Bay Rays, Archer
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Going into to today’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies, Chris Archer had allowed three runs in each of his first three starts. He struggled over his last six starts in 2017 going 1-5 with a 7.48 ERA (18-ER/21.2-IP). Dating back to the All-Star break last season he is 4-7 with a 4.56 ERA (48-ER/94.2-IP) spanning 18 starts.

His numbers won’t look better after today as he allowed seven earned runs in four innings of work.

The Phillies took target at him early sending 10 batters to the plate in the second inning.  Archer needed 34-pitches and allowed six hits, walked a batter, and allowed the six runs to score.

Scott Kingrey and J.P. Crawford each delivered RBI doubles. Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana, and Odubel Herrera followed with three consecutive RBI singles.  Rhys Hoskins drove in the final run of inning on a ground ball to second. J.P. Crawford led off the fourth inning belting a solo homer to push the Phillies lead to 7-0.

Rays Offense:

The Rays offense chopped into the Phillies lead scoring twice in the fourth inning. Mallex Smith scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of C.J. CronKevin Kiermaier scored the Rays second run on a Matt Duffy RBI double.

The Phillies lead was cut to 9-3 in the sixth inning. Kevin Kiermaier led off the Rays half of the inning with a double. It marked his first multi-hit game of the season. He advanced to third on a passed ball and came home on a C.J. Cron sacrifice fly.

The Rays loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth. Adeinny Hechavarria delivered a sacrifice fly to score Joey Wendle who had led the inning off with a double to cut the lead to 9-4.

Pruitt Saves Pen:

Austin Pruitt entered the game in the fifth inning and allowed to runs before settling down to provide five solid innings. He allowed two runs on five hits striking out one, walking one, and uncorking a wild pitch. He threw 70 pitches with 49 for strikes.

Field Day:

Johnny Field, 26, was selected by the Rays in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Arizona. Last season with the Durham Bulls he hit .261/.303./425 with 12 homers and 12 stolen bases in 111 games.

He made his Major League Debut playing right field. He finished the game 0-for-3 with a a walk.

Up Next For The Rays:

The Rays and Phillies wrap up their three game series Sunday afternoon at 1:10.  Ben  Lively (0-1, 5.56 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies. The Rays counter with left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 2.25 ERA). It will be his first MLB start.

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