You have to feel bad for the Tampa Bay area dads that woke up this morning to Rays tickets from their kids. What they thought woud be a fun day at the ballpark with their sons or daughters turned into an ugly, sloppy baseball game that saw the Tampa Bay Rays lose their fifth game to the Kanasas City Royals, 5-3.
It only got worse from there as those dads had to suffer through an Imagination Movers post-game concert.
There isn't really much to be said about this game. Roberto Hernandez continued to pitch with mediocrity, giving up a bunch of hits, four runs, and got out-pitched by the former mediocre-Rays pitcher, Wade Davis. The Rays got off to a quick start with a two-run first inning that forced Davis to throw 35 pitches but then the offense checked out completely for the rest of the game. From the second inning on, only one Rays baserunner would reach scoring position and Jose Lobaton's 9th inning home run would be the lone run scored.
Meanwhile, the Royals put up 11 hits and five runs, including a homerun from Jeff Francoeur. The line drive blast from Frenchy must have really shaken Joe Maddon as he later elected to intentionally walk Francoeur with two-outs, first base open and the game still tied at two. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, promptly singled home the go-ahead run, ending Hernandez's afternoon. The baseball gods were clearly amused by all this as Francoeur then scored to make it 4-2 on an Alex Gordon single to off Jake McGee.
Much-maligned Luke Scott drove in the Rays first run with a opposite field double and then scored the second on a single from Desmond Jennings. However, Scott would later drop an easy fly ball that opened an inning in which Josh Lueke had to get five outs thanks to some very shaky defense. Hey, doesn't Wil Myers play the outfield? The Rays catching duo allowed three passed balls/wild pitches on the afternoon and were once again unable to control the running game.
The Rays have now lost five of six to the Kansas City Royals, including three out of the last four at Tropicana Field. For a fourth-place team that claims to have playoff aspirations, a series like this is a big punch to the gut. The team has been in a funk, from the manager on down to the starting pitching and now the offense is joining in. An off day tomorrow may help but this team needs to find a spark quickly before a small slump turns into a big problem in the standings.
One thing is for sure, The Rays will sure be happy to not see Elliot Johnson again for a while.
Happy fathers day, ya'll.