Chris Archer was pulled with right forearm tightness.
Wil Myers had an asthma attack.
The team grounded into five double plays.
The bullpen was not entirely efficient.
It was the first series loss since June.
Add on that the game wrapped up right after 1:00 a.m. EST, and you've got last night's debacle.
Some nights just aren't your night, and in the Rays 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks, it certainly felt as if things just weren't going the Rays way. For all the gory details, see Erik's early morning recap.
Luckily, despite scares, Archer and Myers both seem to be okay, per tweets from late last night:
#Rays Archer said he doesn't think it's anything serious, initial tests were good, is confident he'll make next start Tuesday— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 8, 2013
#rays Myers has experienced asthma symptoms while playing in Az fall lg. said he's fine. Expects to play Friday.— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) August 8, 2013
#Rays Myers said he had trouble breathing after running on infield single following running catch but dizziness in field was most concerning— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 8, 2013
Let's hope that a day off today can give the bullpen some rest and get the team back to their winning ways, before they open up a weekend series against the red-hot Dodgers in Los Angeles, who are 33-8 since June 21st.
-Interested in reading the recap of that gut-punch of a game? Here you go.
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- Gabe Kapler wrote an extremely insightful piece on how a baseball player's mental game is equally as important as his physical game, using Lars Anderson as the model for explaining how a lack of confidence in one's abilities can prevent success on the field.
- About those Pirates fans...