The Rays dropped their seventh straight game Monday night, this time to 56-year-old Randy Wolfe and the Miami Marlins by a score of 3-1.
Like most of this losing streak, the Rays simply couldn't get the offense going. They've now scored six runs over the past five games. This one got away early with Miami scoring all three runs in the first inning, which had to feel like an insurmountable lead to the struggling offense.
Alex Cobb turned his night around to throw a quality start, but the first inning was none too pretty as the first four men reached base via two walks and two singles. That gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead with nary an out recorded. A double play helped limit extreme damage, though another run did score. Cobb simply wasn't himself that frame, constantly missing his location, especially with his signature changeup.
It would be another four innings before the next Marlins batter reached base. Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee pitched the final two frames, striking out five of the six batters faced. So, aside from the first inning, the Marlins managed just two singles for the rest of the game. Yet, as the Rays season has been going, they couldn't find a way to win.
As has been their wont this season, the team went 0-5 with runners in scoring position. Their only run came on a Desmond Jennings double in the fifth inning that scored Sean Rodriguez. There's really nothing else to say about the offense, so let's shift focus to one of the lone positives of this season: Jake McGee.
McGee retired all three batters he faced tonight. That's not news. What would be news is if he were to allow someone to reach base. He's retired the last 20 men he's faced and hasn't allowed a run in 14.1 innings. He's the best pitcher, reliever or starter, the team has right now and would easily be the closer for a number of teams in baseball, but is relegated to the seventh and eighth innings because the Rays don't want his arbitration costs to go through the roof, and rightfully so.
Every team gets an All-Star representative and McGee is easily the Rays most qualified option.