Rays Can’t Deliver In Clutch, Unable To Sweep Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays had their brooms ready and were ready to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since they were 1-1 on March 30th. Unfortunately, a mix of poor baserunning and a lack of getting the big hit led to a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Chris Archer allowed just one run over seven innings of work on five hits striking out six and walking none. He made 97 pitches with 64 for strikes. Matt Andriese worked a scoreless eighth but the Blue Jays rallied for a run on a Alex Colome wild pitch in the top of the ninth.
Colome (2-4, 5.17 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who fall to 15-17 on the season. It’s the third time they’ve had the opportunity and failed to get back to the .500 mark. It was the Rays 16th 1-run game for the Rays and they are just 5-11 in those games.
The Rays were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position but neither hit produced a run. They had a runner at third with less than two-outs on several occasions and failed to come through with the big hit. Nothing new, coming into the game the Rays were the second worst team in MLB batting just .118 (6-for-51) in those situations.
Ryan Tepara (2-1, 2.70 ERA) picks up the win for Toronto who improve to 19-16 on the season. Roberto Osuna worked the ninth to pick up his 9th save on the season. The Jays finish their 8-game road trip with a 4-4 mark.
Gomez Comes Through With Big Hit From Odd Spot:
Carlos Gomez entered Sunday’s game batting just .181 on the season. To take some pressure off him, Manager Kevin Cash put him in the 9-hole in the lineup. Only 301 of his career 4,845 career plate appearances have come in the 9-hole.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Rays trailing 1-0, Gomez lined a Ryan Tepara pitch to the seats in left to tie the score at 1-1. It was his first home run out of the nine spot since April 24, 2012 when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and homered off Brett Myers of the Houston Astros.
Rays Make Life Easier For Estrada:
The Rays allowed Marco Estrada to face the minimum in the third inning despite having a walk, a stolen base, and a base hit with a runner in scoring position. Estrada did this without the benefit of a double play ball.
It was possibly the worst display of baserunning by a Rays team this season. Mallex Smith drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second, and advanced to third on Carlos Gomez’ single. What followed was mystifying. Carlos Gomez attempted to steal second and was initially ruled safe, but that call was overturned on replay. Then, for whatever reason, Mallex Smith attempted a straight steal of home and was out by a mile.
Ramos Extends Hitting Streak:
Wilson Ramos singled in the second inning to extend his consecutive games with a hit streak to 14. He ties Toby Hall for the longest such streak by a catcher in franchise history. Toby Hall had his 14-game streak from August 7 through 28, 2001.
The 14-game streak ties his second longest such streak of his career. He also hit in 14 consecutive games with the Washington Nationals from June 9 through July 11, 2014. The longest streak was 19 consecutive games from April 24 through May 19, 2015 while with Washington.
Up Next For Rays:
The Rays will enjoy an off-day at home on Monday before welcoming the Atlanta Baraves to the Trop for a two-game series starting Tuesday night. Blake Snell (4-1, 2.55 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. The Braves counter with lefty Sean Newcomb (2-1, 3.38 ERA).