Rays mental lapses lead to loss
The Rays were on their way to another win at home last night against the Astros and then just like that the Astros took the lead and never looked back on their way to a 6-3 win over the Rays.
Evan Longoria misplayed a bunt in the 7th with the bases loaded that allowed the Astros to score the go-ahead run as they went on to a 6-3 win. Also on a routine ground ball, Longoria was charged with an error as he threw the ball in the dirt that went past the first baseman. A rare night for Longoria for sure.
After the game in a post-game interview, Longoria took full responsibility for the miscue and said that it cost the Rays the game.
Earlier in the game, SS Tim Beckham made one of the best throws from short left field you will ever see as he threw out a runner at first. Kevin Keirmaier made an unbelievable catch on a ball hit to deep CF. Keirmaier went up, grabbed the ball above the railing and prevented a home run. These two defensive gems could not stand up as the Rays had defensive miscues the rest of the way that cost them the game.
Right now the Rays are 15th in MLB and 9th in the AL with a .985 fielding percentage. With the loss the Rays are now back at .500 with a 9-9 record. The Astros are leading the AL west with a 12-5 record and you could see why last night with their timely hitting and excellent relief pitching.
After the game, Rays LH Xavier Cedeno was placed on the 10 day DL. RHP Ryan Garton was recalled from Durham. The Rays now have no left-handed relief pitchers in the Pen with Cedeno going to the DL. Cedeno has three blown saves this year and ahas allowed 8/13 inherited runners to score.
Other news on the injury front, Matt Duffy is with the team taking individual drill. there is no timetable for his return. Colby Rasmus is in Montgomery in the middle of his re-had assignment. Jake Ordorizzi will throw a bullpen session upcoming which will determine when he is ready to return.
Blake Snell will be on the mound tonight as the Rays try to get back on the winning track at home.