Rays Offense Unable To Get Going, Lose Another Close One To Marlins

Rays Suffer 23rd 1-Run Loss

Joey Wendle and Ji-Man Choi each homered for Tampa Bay but it wasn’t enough as the Rays fell 3-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Ryan Yarbrough (8-5, 3.65 ERA) takes the loss for the Rays who have lost three in a row and five of their last six to fall back to .500 at 49-49.  Their record in 1-run games falls to 17-23 and their 40 such games and 23 losses are the most in MLB.  Since May 26th the Rays are 17-6 at home, with all six losses being of the 1-run variety.

Pablo Lopez (2-1, 5.09 ERA) picks up the win of the Marlins and Kyle Barraclough worked the ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season. With the win, the Marlins improve to 43-57 and improve to 23-18 since June 5th. They have won nine of 13 series in that duration. They have won series against the Cardinals, Brewers, Rockies, Giants, Phillies, and Rays twice.

For Openers:

Ryne Stanek made his 13th start of the season and held the Marlins scoreless in his one inning of work. He did issue a walk and allow a single while striking out one.  As a starter he has worked to a 1.37 ERA (3-ER/19.2-IP) while striking out 25 batters and walking eight.

The Pen:

Ryan Yarbrough followed Stanek to the mound and worked four innings allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out and walking a pair.

Hunter Wood allowed a solo homer to Cameron Maybin to extend the Marlins lead to 3-1 in the seventh. Overall, he worked two innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out four and walking one.

Jose Alvarado returned to the mound after a 10 day absence. He worked a scoreless eighth inning striking out a batter.

Sergio Romo worked a scoreless ninth to give the Rays a chance to comeback.

Oh Mr. Wendle:

Joey Wendle has been on a torrid streak in the month of July batting .375/.438/.489 entering play. He cut the Marlins lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning by belting a solo homer. It was his fifth homer this season and his first at Tropicana Field.

Choi’s Blast Cuts Lead To One:

Ji-Man Choi connected on his third home run of the season, first with the Rays, to cut the Marlins lead to 3-2 in the 9th.

Injuries Continue:

Adeiny Hechavarria was removed from the game in the seventh inning due to oblique soreness. He was pinch hit for by Justin Williams making his major league debut. This led to the Rays using Carlos Gomez at second base with Joey Wendle moving to third and Daniel Robertson to short. It was just the second time in his career that Gomez has played second base. He played one inning at the keystone in 2015 while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Roster Move:

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Prior to the game, the Rays sent Hoby Milner to Triple-A Durham and recalled outfielder Justin Williams. Williams, 22, is ranked as the Rays eighth best prospect by MLB.com.

He made his major league debut in the seventh inning grounding into an inning ending double play.

Up Next For Rays:

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Tampa Bay and Miami complete the Citrus Series Sunday afternoon at 1:10.  Chris Archer (3-4, 4.29 ERA) takes the mound for the Rays. The Marlins counter with right hander Trevor Richards (3-5, 4.74 ERA).

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