Rays fall to Marlins despite Morrison’s hot bat

by Gary Shelton on May 26, 2016 · 0 comments

in Tampa Bay Rays

Morrison's bad has awakened in May./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS.

Morrison's bad has awakened in May./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS.

Thursday, 9 a.m.

They lost.

The defense wasn't good enough. The hitting wasn't timely enough. The baserunning wasn't good enough. And so the Tampa Bay Rays lost a 4-3 decision to the Miami Marlins.

On the other hand, Logan Morrison has been reborn.

Morrison, an empty uniform for much of the year, continued his torrid hitting Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. He had three more hits, including a game-tying home run. After 28 games this year, Morrison was hitting .119. He had no home runs. He had no RBI.

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Pearce fields a ground ball for Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS.

Pearce fields a ground ball for Rays./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS.

Lately, however, Morrison has made up for lost time. He is hitting .556 on his current streak, and he has seven RBI in the last seven games. His season average is up to .225, which isn't anything to brag about, but he's increased it more than 100 points.

The Rays, however, could not take advantage of his bat against the Marlins. Matt Andriese fell behind 3-1, and although Tampa Bay tied it, Cole Gillispie's run-scoring single bit them in the eighth.

For the Marlins, six players had two hits.

Tampa Bay tries again today, when Drew Smyly goes against Jose Fernandez.

Longoria is out at second in the Rays' loss./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Longoria is out at second in the Rays' loss./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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