Well that sure was some weekend. Today’s game capped off three straight losses, today’s being the only one for which Tampa Bay could muster up even a run.
This one certainly can't be pinned on Austin Pruitt. Nothing if not consistent, Pruitt gave up just 4 hits and 3 runs over 6 frames, giving the Rays offense an opportunity to score some runs and bring home a win.
The Rays did manage to get on the board first, with a series of singles from Sucre, Dickerson and Longoria to send one home in the bottom of the 3rd. Unfortunately, the Indians would respond soon after with two runs of their own in the top of the 4th.
Things got interesting again in the 6th as Edwin Incarnation launched one to the moon to put Cleveland up 3-1.
Souza Jr tied it up on the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer courtesy of a rare mistake pitch by Corey Kluber, who struck out nine Rays today.
Sadly, after quite the battle in the top of the 8th between Austin Jackson and Tommy Hunter, Jackson would prevail by lifting the 3-2 pitch into the seats to put the Indians up by a run for good.
The Rays would have a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th, but Adeiny Hechavarria’s strikeout closed the door.
Another Rays loss, this one dropping them under .500 on the season, with playoff hopes dwindling...
It’s a sad state of affairs here in Tampa Bay. Perhaps a trip north to America’s Hat will be just the thing to right the ship.