In a game where Jose Molina collected his second RBI of the season and the offense managed to scratch together twelve hits and five runs, the Rays fell just short of a victory when the would-be game winning run popped out on the first pitch of his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the previous inning, Evan Longoria did hit his tenth homerun of the season, but with the tying run on first and two outs in the bottom of the ninth facing Mark Melancon, Longo swung on the very first pitch he saw and popped up to shallow center, ending the Rays potential comeback.
For more on the game and Archer’s performance, head on over to Erik’s recap here. It’s also worth mentioning that in the sixth inning, the Pirates scored a run after an extended two-out at-bat by Ike Davis turned into a double, and Josh Harrison drove him in with a single immediately afterwards. Here’s a look at the strikezone plot for the Ike Davis at-bat, courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net.
Twenty-one straight days with the worst record in baseball now, by the way.
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