When the bats are chilly, the pitching and protection want to assist hold the sport shut. On Tuesday, within the Rays’ Wild Card Collection recreation towards the Rangers, all three areas disillusioned.
Tampa Bay was held to simply six hits and a stroll with no runs scored. When the gamers have been on the sphere, the product was even worse with the Rays committing 4 errors and issuing six free passes, resulting in the Rangers profitable the primary in a best-of-three Wild Card Collection 4-0.
“We did not play an excellent, clear baseball recreation by any stretch,” supervisor Kevin Money stated after the sport. “We did not hit, pitch or defend. You are going up towards a superb workforce, they will capitalize they usually finally actually did.”
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The errors started immediately. The Rays dodged an error within the prime of the primary and saved the deficit at 1-0 after a throwing error on the catcher within the prime of the second. They managed to evade one other run scoring after a two-out error within the prime of the third.
However beginning within the fifth, the errors started to catch up.
With the bases loaded, a wild pitch properly over the pinnacle of catcher Rene Pinto allowed the Rangers’ second run of the sport to cross the plate. Again-to-back walks led off the highest of the sixth, and on a single up the center from Corey Seager, heart fielder Jose Siri tried to scoop the ball one-handed somewhat than block it, and it deflected off his glove and proper up into the air.
Making an attempt to nab the runner at third, Siri aired the ball over the third baseman’s head and into the dugout, permitting Carter to attain and Seager to maneuver up from second to 3rd.
“In that second, the ball’s off the bat, [Siri’s] making an attempt to get one of the best learn and he is making an attempt to do all the pieces he can to catch the ball within the air and he form of bought in between and have become a extremely robust play,” Money stated.
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Money is not giving up hope on the Rays’ possibilities simply but. The workforce nonetheless has two extra video games to select up wins and head to Baltimore for the ALDS.
Tampa Bay has been one of many workforce’s most sound groups all season. Money stated it is best with Tuesday’s recreation to simply flush the errors away and transfer on, somewhat than linger on what may have been.
“I believe [these types of games] are simpler to flush,” Money stated. “By the sixth inning proper there, as soon as they bought the 4 runs, I imply it was a irritating recreation. I do not recall us taking part in a recreation like that in fairly a while. You are gonna have them. Ideally, you do not have them within the postseason, actually in Sport 1 once we understand how pivotal profitable that recreation is, however lots of confidence on this group, actually on the man on the mound in Zach Eflin, that we are able to bounce again and play only a higher baseball recreation.”