The Tampa Bay Rays struggles continue as they dropped their fifth straight contest in a row, as they were dominated by Max Scherzer. They showed a little life late in the game, but it was too little, too late as they lost, 4-2.
The Rays pitching staff only allowed four hits on the night, but Washington made them count. Scherzer meanwhile went eight innings and struck out 13 on the night, before Sean Doolittle closed things out in the ninth.
Eovaldi went five innings, allowing all four of the Nationals’ hits and runs, while he walked one and struck out four. Wilmer Font pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Ryne Stanek struck out the side during his 8th inning appearance.
The Rays are now 28-31 this season, 13 games back in the division chase and 7.5 games back in the Wild Card chase.
Today, they’ll finish their brief two game series in Washington with a 1 p.m. start time. Jonny Venters has been tabbed as today’s ‘Opener’, making his first start in the majors leagues.
Ashley MacLennan spoke to Venters last week about the possibility of starting a game.
“I’m here to do whatever they want me to do.” He didn’t balk at the idea of being used in a non-traditional relief role, and he knows the opener concept hasn’t appealed to everyone and has created a little negative buzz, but he doesn’t see it as a bad thing. “We’re here to win a baseball game, and that’s our best chance to win it.”
- Steve Kinsella wrote about the ‘June Swoon’ the Rays could be facing with their tough schedule. Thus far, they are winless in the month of June.
- Rays Radio aka Neil Solondz, recaps the Rays second day of drafting, as they completed rounds 3-10. The draft will conclude today with the final 30 rounds being completed, with coverage on MLB.com starting at noon
- Chris Archer landed on the disabled list prior to yesterday’s game with a strained abdominal, adding to the list of injuries suffered by the Rays pitching staff this season
- Several notes from Topkin: Kyle Snyder is out of the hospital in Seattle - Mallex Smith’s ejection was about a disagreement about Batman and Superman (it was really about a horrible check swing call)
- Rays top pick is close to signing
Multiple sources confirm that Arizona prep lefty Matthew Liberatore will sign for a below slot bonus at pick 16 with the Rays. Sounds like it will be a $3.50 million bonus, slot was $3.60 million. Liberatore was our 6th ranked draft prospect https://t.co/AdDxMw2IMw— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) June 6, 2018
- The Tampa Bay Times broke down several things to know about the 16th overall selection
- The Sun-Sentinel has an article on Tyler Frank, the Rays 3rd selection and 32nd pick overall in the draft, claiming that he likely to sign next week
Around the League
- A trio of SB Nation writers took the time to draft three ballclubs made up entirely of Marvel superheroes
- Max Scherzer is incredible