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Rays 6, Marlins 4: WALK IT OFF

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Did we just watch Chris Archer’s last home start with the Rays?

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Me at the beginning of this game: I’ll just grab some lunch and a drink, I won’t miss anything.

Me, fifteen minutes into the game: Oh.

The second inning was not kind to Chris Archer. After allowing Justin Bour, Martin Prado, and Cameron Maybin to get on base, Miguel Rojas hit a double that scored Bour and Prado. Then a throwing error from Carlos Gomez allowed Maybin to score and Rojas to advance to third. A subsequent single from catcher Bryan Holaday scored Rojas, and just like that the Rays had a four run deficit.

Gomez worked to make up for the error at the bottom of the inning when he got the Rays first hit of the game (C.J. Cron had walked), and Cron was then scored by a sac fly from Mallex Smith.

Matt Duffy took a nasty hit to the elbow in the bottom of the third and didn’t look like he was feeling great afterwards. He stayed in the game, but that one definitely left a mark. Unfortunately the Rays were unable to make use of the man on base.

Cameron Maybin was ejected in the fourth after arguing a really nicely placed strike from Archer. Don Mattingly went out to argue it, but the Marlins manager didn’t get tossed, however he was now out a centerfielder, and Yadiel Rivera became the man for the job.

There was a broadcast break where we just discussed West Coast fast food for five minutes thanks to a dude in the stands wearing and In N Out tee.

By the fifth inning Chris Archer was showing that even in spite of the early lead, he was still a force to be reckoned with, racking up his first 10 strikeout game of the year. An error for Willy Adames, who failed to catch a stinger up the middle and advanced Anderson to third, put men on the corner for the Marlins with two outs. A Wendle toss to first ended the inning with no damage.

I only just noticed how gray Trevor Richards’s hair is, and it kind of makes him look like the team dad, considering how young the Marlins team is.

Okay I just looked Richards up and HE IS TWENTY-FIVE.

In the top of the seventh Ryne Stanek replaced Archer. Archer’s final line for the day was 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, and a whopping 13 K, all on 101 pitches. Nice stuff from Archer, if we ignore the score. If the trade rumors swirling are to be believed, Rays fans should enjoy what they can here, because it might be the last time Archer takes the mound at Tropicana in a Rays uniform.

Mallex Smith is having himself a day with a two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh. The triple proved to be the end of the day for Richards. No runs scored off the opportunity, but Mallex is having himself a day.

Adam Kolarek replaced Stanek in the eighth. He did not make his ERA worse, and in fact it is now only 11.05.

Brad Ziegler sounds like the name of an old timey circus ringmaster.

Things got ugly for Kolarek in the ninth when he allowed two runners to get on base, but got out of the jam, and his ERA is down to 9.72.

The Marlins bring in Bearclaw for the bottom of the ninth (and yes I know it’s Barraclough but it’s never going to be anything but Bearclaw to me). BEARCLAW. Bauers hit his fourteenth double of the year off Bearclaw. Are we potentially on our way to a 1-run game? Probably.

A base hit from C.J. Cron advanced Bauers to third and we have something happening here. Ji-Man Choi hit a liner up the middle to score Bauers and suddenly there really is something happening. Smith hit a bouncer right to second that got out pinch runner Hunter Wood. The Marlins reviewed Wood’s slide to see if it was illegal since Wood’s cleats appeared to clip the second baseman, Castro. It was ruled fair.

Willy Adames in his first game back from the minors would be the Rays last hope of keeping things alive. Adames had a beautiful, patient at bat and worked the walk to load the bases. Daniel Robertson came in for the pinch hit.

And.

WALK.

OFF.

GRAND.

SLAM.

Rays win 6-4.