Morton Hard Luck Loser, Rays Shutout By Tigers

Rays Struggles At Tropicana Field Continue

The Tampa Bay Rays returned home from a successful 5-1 West Coast road trip and were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 2-0.

Charlie Morton (13-5, 2.77 ERA) was the hard luck loser for Tampa Bay who fall to 71-52 on the season. Remarkably, Tampa Bay falls to just 31-29 at Tropicana Field on the year. It marks the sixth time this season they’ve been shutout.

Daniel Norris started for the Tigers and departed after three innings. Drew VerHagen (2-3, 6.67 ERA) picks up the win delivering five scoreless frames for the Tigers who improve to 37-82 on the season.

Joe Jimenez worked the ninth and issued a 2-out walk and single to Matt Duffy before retiring Eric Sogard to finish the shutout. In the process he picks up his third save and completes the Tigers third shutout of the season.

Duffy’s Error, Passed Ball Leads To Unearned Run

Detroit got on the board in the fourth inning when Dawel Lugo reached on Matt Duffy‘s error. He moved to third base on Niko Goodrums two out double. Travis d’Arnaud got crossed up on a Charlie Morton fastball allowing Lugo to score the games first run.

Morton Outstanding In No Decision

Charlie Morton was outstanding allowing just the one unearned run on three hits while striking out ten and walking none. He threw 94 pitches with 70 for strikes.

Fairbanks Allows Run In Rays Debut

Peter Fairbanks followed Charlie Morton to the mound and allowed a leadoff double to Travis Demeritte who scored on Jordy Mercer‘s one out double pushing the Tigers lead to 2-0.

Roster Move:

Rays Recall Faribanks
Texas Rangers relief pitcher Peter Fairbanks throws to the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Prior to Friday’s game against the Tiger, the Tampa Bay Rays optioned Jose De Leon back to the Durham Bulls and recalled reliever Peter Fairbanks. The hard throwing Fairbanks was acquired from the Texas Rangers for Nick Solak on July 13th. He went 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA (4ER/10.1 IP) while striking out 19 spanning 10 appearances. He did make his MLB debut with the Rangers earlier this season going 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA (9ER/8.2 IP)

Infirmary Report:

Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle each played in a rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Rays and will now move to the Charlotte Stone Crabs for additional work over the weekend. After an off-day Monday, the pair will report to Durham and continue their rehab’s with the Durham Bulls.

Avisail Garcia had an MRI on his injured oblique and the news is encouraging as the hope for Garcia and the Rays is that the stint on the IL is close to the minimum 10-days.

Tyler Glasnow has been throwing from 90-feet and will throw his first bullpen on Monday while Blake Snell played catch on the field for the third time this week since resuming throwing on Monday.

Up Next For Rays:

Tampa Bay Rays
AP Photo/Jason Behnken

Tampa Bay and Detroit will play the middle game of their weekend series Saturday night at 6:10. Ryan Yarbrough (11-3, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. The Tigers counter with right hander Jordan Zimmerman (1-8, 7.13 ERA).