That headline states it all. The Rays offense busted out to a 10 run lead only to see it slowly evaporate by poor pitching from start to finish. Highly touted prospect, SP David Price, got the call when Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15 day DL to open the series on Cleveland. Mr. Price wasn’t able to stick around long however due to an out of control pitch count. Price lasted only 3 1/3 innings throwing 100 pitches even. He scattered 4 hits, 2 ER, 5 BB and collected 6 strike outs. So off to the bullpen we go. Lance Cormier and Joe Nelson went 3.2 innings allowing only 1 hit – no ER, no walks, no K’s. Nice outing for those 2 guys and they were the high point of the bull pen pitching effort. Dale Thayer, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour and Jason Isringhausen all combined for 1 2/3 + innings pitched, 7 hits, 9 runs and 5 free passes. Not to be lost in all this was the spectacular error committed by SS Reid Brignac causing only 6 runs to be earned. This was an absolute ridiculous performance. Izzy couldn’t hit that plate if his life had depended on it. At this level you must come out and close the door on a 10 run lead. Sorry guys – bad, bad performance.
The offense was busting on all cylinders the first 4 innings of the game when they scored all 10 of their runs. From the 5th inning on the door was closed. Gabe Gross was the big bat of the day contributing 1 hit on 3 attempts, 2 free passed, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. His lone hit was a 3rd inning bomb, his 3rd of the year.
BJ Upton remains leading off and hitting below the Mendoza line. Yet another ridiculous day for BJ going 1 for 6 with 3 K’s. Not sure what it’s going to take for Joe to realize he needs to be moved from that #1 hole.
The Rays have now lost Akinori Iwamura for the entire year with a torn ACL. The starting pitching and bullpen are in shambles. It will be interesting to see how the team recovers from such devastating losses. If the Rays come out and win this series this game becomes a non factor in discussion. If they don’t this game becomes the game that potentially ended the Rays season.
Come on Rays – pull your heads out of your %#*&%$&*!