Well, you can't say the Rays didn't have their chances. After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the fourth -- thanks to some infuriating Royals hitting and an explicable error when Asdrubal Cabrera failed to look a sure double play liner all the way into his glove -- the Rays showed some moxie in the bottom of the frame. A double to right by Jaso, a little redemption on hard ground single by Cabrera to plate him, then a drive into the gap by Kiermaier that just kept carrying into the first row in right center, and stunningly, the Rays were up 3-2.
But it was not to be. In the very next inning, with two on and -- of course -- two outs, Morales singled to drive in Escobar, Moustakas beat the shift to score Cain, and it was 4-3 Royals. They never looked backed. Kansas City added an unearned run in the sixth, when Escobar reached as Nava couldn't scoop Cabrera's low throw, stole second, then scored on a two out (of course) single by Cain. The Royals scratched another one out in the ninth against Enny Romero, on for his third inning, for the final line. Once again, the damage was done with two outs.
Jake Odorizzi's best pitch tonight was his slider. That should tell you all you need to know about the kind of stuff he had. He missed his spot with the fastball regularly, particularly glove side, and his change had no depth. This led to a lot of long at bats which generally didn't work out in his favor. On the night, Jake worked 4 2/3 innings, gave up 7 hits, 4 runs. He struck out five and walked two.
A Bright Spot
The best part of the night was the work of Romero. Though he did surrender the ninth inning run, and still had some trouble always locating his big fastball, he showed promise with a cutter/slider that paired nicely with the heater. His line for the night was 2 2/3, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, and zero walks.
Let's see, what else good happened:
Daniel Nava (before he was not scooping at first) made a nice catch in right.
Jake Odorizzi pitched out of a jam.
Grady Sizemore made a catch.
That's really about it though. Wanna know how sorry this game was? Not only were there only 12 commenters in the GDT, but there were no recs. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Seriously people. It's time to step up our game.
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