Rays scoreless through 21 straight innings
Tampa, FLA – The Rays get shutout for the second time yesterday in a pivotal loss to division rival Orioles.
The Tampa Bay Rays offensive struggles continue, with their last run coming in the 6th inning of Friday’s game on a Desmond Jennings homer. Since then, they have failed to not only score, but even put runners in position. Yesterdays game entailed yet another outstanding performance from pitching ace David Price, as he went eight innings allowing only two hits. Unfortunately, Gonzalez for the Orioles also pitched great against a worse hitting team, allowing just three hits.
The game went into extra innings with the game scoreless, until Taylor Teagarden doubled in the go-ahead run. As expected, the Rays did nothing in the 10th inning to drop a game back of Baltimore in the American League east, and wild card race. In front of a good crowd at Tropicana field, the Rays were unable to put a good show on in a disappointing outing.
With all of that being said, there was some good news that came from the Ray clubhouse. All-Star, and arguably the most important part to this team Evan Longoria will return tomorrow night to face the Toronto Blue-Jays. Longo was off to his best season yet before partially tearing his left hamstring in late April. He will make his long-awaited start, and hopefully rejuvenate this slumping ball club. Longo’s presence is not only important for himself to be able to drive in runs, but also his teammates around him. Over the years players like B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena have hit much better when Longoria is in the lineup. If he can come back to the level he was playing in April, the Rays could get some momentum on their side, and hopefully make another push towards the playoffs.