The Rays fell to 4-13 on the season Tuesday night, as Bullpen Day breakout, Yonny Chirinos finally gave up his first run of his career, and then gave up five more, allowing six runs over 5.2 innings against the Texas Rangers.
As Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman pointed out in his recap of the game, it was the eighth time in 17 games that the Rays failed to reach three runs, and they have lost each and every one of those games.
And as Ian noted, it is notable just how long Chirinos was left in the game by Cash.
It’s an early start for the series finale today, as Cole Hamels and Jacob Faria square off in a 1:10 rubber match.
- Jeff Zimmerman has a theory that batters are ambushing Archer’s first-pitch fastballs. It’s early, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
- Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre had a hilarious exchange between old teammates during last night’s game. It’s hard to find two more lovable players than these two.
- Marc Topkin argued that it’s time to shake up the roster now that KK will be out for the next couple months.
- Topkin also wrote about how Brandon Snyder rediscovered his love for the game
- The Rays introduced a new program called Tuesday’s Champion, with the first highlighting a kid fighting Type 1 Diabetes
- Rocco found your dog
FOUND DOG - ST PETE. Just found this sweet old dog trotting down 22nd Ave, next to Crescent Lake. He’s safe. Please help identify - no collar. @StPeteFL @StPetePD @KeepStPeteLocal @dtsp @PetPalStPete @RaysBaseball pic.twitter.com/u57Xqk4Wxx— Rocco Baldelli (@roccodbaldelli) April 18, 2018
Around the league:
- Francisco Lindor had a reallllllllly cool moment when he homered in front of his mom and his home country fans in Puerto Rico Tuesday night. Baseball needs more cool ideas like this.
- The much ballyhooed showdown between Shohei Ohtani and David Price last night failed to live up to expectations, in part because of a blister from Ohtani. The Angels are hoping that it will not cause him to miss any time, though.
- Big-time Astros fan, and loyal box score keeper (among other notable achievements), Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday, and the news was taken hard all across Major League Baseball.
- Patrick Corbin was locked in Tuesday night, going 7.2 innings on no-hit ball, and eventually finishing off a one-hit shutout of the Giants. That’s what happens when Longo isn’t in the lineup, I guess.
- Hardball Times: 10 Interesting Facts About Tommy John Surgery
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Third time through the order for Odorizzi tonight:— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) April 18, 2018