David Price kept his pitch count low, and nearly escaped early without allowing any runs. The Mariners put two men on, and then bunted the bases loaded for Robinson Cano. The rolling baseball split Price and James Loney, and as the other men guarded bases, the runner was safe. In this particular situation, I believe Loney should have left the roller to Ben Zobrist.
No matter, it's a great matchup for our ace. Look an 0-2 count on Cano, we're fine... right? Cano lined to the left field corner, scoring two on a double, then a tapper to second base by Stefen Romero (?) allowed another run to score for an RBI ground out. 3-0 Mariners and your ball game, all the way back in the second inning.
Otherwise, Price was earning his strikeouts throughout the game, include three a piece of the no. 4 and 5 hitters, and consecutively to conclude his outing. Ramos and Boxberger handled the ninth effectively, but so did Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the frame.
The Rays drop to 24-41, continuing to have the lowest win total in baseball, and one more loss until the palindrome of failure.
It's enfuriating to see Price "pitch well" and allow runs, when it would be acceptable to call the offense anemic. The Rays left men on base 18 times through the line up and scored zero runs. Eleven base runners, nine strikeouts, eighteen opportunities and none taken.
The Rays defense did not looked like itself either, making Drew's piece this morning as apt as ever. Double plays needing fielded at first base by David Price, Zobrist having to track down grounders in the outfield grass. Strange situations making the Rays look like they were struggling, while Robinson Cano was a ranging machine. He fielded at second, he fielded at first, and a few times he fielded at short stop.
I hope the Mariners got a good long look at Price today.