Rays, Angels Game 1: Los Angeles blow out reeling Rays as wildcard lead shrinks, Sam Fuld pitches out of bullpen

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays are not a good baseball team right now.

The Tampa Bay Rays got absolutely destroyed by the Los Angeles Angels, Monday night, by a score that looked a lot more like a game between the Raiders and Buccaneers. I actually stayed up and watched this whole debacle and I hate myself for it.

The Rays couldn't pitch, as their starter Chris Archer allowed five runs in just three and two thirds innings. They couldn't score, as they tallied just a six hits and left nearly a dozen of runners on base. They drew a ton of walks, but not a single one of them came around to score.

Basically, it was a total wasted effort.

The only highlight of the game for those that stayed up, was Sam Fuld coming out of the bullpen to pitch in the 8th inning. He entered the game with runners on the corners and two outs and managed to retire J.B. Shuck on a fly ball to center field to end the inning.

I really don't have much else to say about this crap fest.

Most of the time you take a game like this and just flush it away--Throw it in the wastebasket as Joe Maddon might say. But after the Rays recent string of suckitude out west, its hard not to get worried about this team's state of mind. Something has to change, and quickly.

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