Rays unravel in ninth inning in latest loss to Red Sox

by Gary Shelton on May 24, 2018 · 4 comments

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Archer matched Price zero-for-zero./CARMEN MANDATO

Archer matched Price zero-for-zero./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 3 a.m.

On the first night, he flashed his potential.

On the second, however, Willie Adames proved he isn't ripe yet.

A ninth-inning error by Adames left the door open for the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays are now 3-9 against the Red Sox and have lost three of the four series.

Rays' receiver Alex Colome took the loss, giving up three runs in the ninth (on a double, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball) to lower his record to 3-5.

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Colome hands the ball to Cash after losing lead./CARMEN MANDATO

Colome hands the ball to Cash after losing lead./CARMEN MANDATO

"You know it’s my fault in the bottom of the ninth for making that error," Adames said. "It’s a tough night for me and that error and getting the L for the team.”

Most of the game was a pitching duel between Chris Archer and his mentor, former Ray David Price. Price  allowed three hits and a run over six innings.

Cron doubled for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Cron doubled for the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Archer allowed four hits and a run over six innings.

“I felt like I had pretty good stuff and we played pretty good defense for the most part," Archer said. "Price was just as good and their bullpen is really good. Our margin for error is very small so I was thankful to limit the damage in that one inning, but I would’ve rather not given up any runs. I threw well, but not well enough.

“The team asks us to just be ourselves because we know and everyone knows what we are capable of, so no. We just go out there and try to do our thing and

Sucre avoids being hit by pitch./CARMEN MANDATO

Sucre avoids being hit by pitch./CARMEN MANDATO

pitch to our best capability, execute at a high level and that’s all anyone is asking us to do.”

Rays' manager Kevin Cash said the late innings were key.

“We got the big hit by C.J. (Cron) there (in the sixth) and unfortunately it didn’t get over the fence," Cash said. "I thought it was gone off the bat and hit to the deepest part of the ballpark. And then the ninth kind of unfolded. Alex (Colome) comes in and Willy (Adames) goes to his right, makes a pretty good play grabbing it and then he might have rushed his throw a tick, made it a little challenging and it unfolded from there.”

The Rays continue their series against the Red Sox tonight at 7:10 p.m. Blake Snell pitches against Rick Porcello.

Christian Arroyo makes the throw from third./CARMEN MANDATO

Christian Arroyo makes the throw from third./CARMEN MANDATO

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Larry May 24, 2018 at 10:19 am

Remember when I asked the question are the Rays prospects not good enough for the big leagues yet? Well, that was answered this week at least as far as Willie Adames is concerned.

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Gary Shelton May 24, 2018 at 9:17 pm

He certainly looks like he can play. I know he’s hitting .182 in an short sample and made a key error the other night.But I’d rather see him grow that see never-will-bes struggle. You?

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Larry May 24, 2018 at 9:43 pm

Agreed. Let’s get on with the future. The prospects will learn faster in the big leagues and mature quicker. The Rays have to give us something. If they aren’t going to pay the going rate to field a team of legitimate major leaguers then let’s see what the young kids can do.

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Gary Shelton May 24, 2018 at 10:31 pm

I think the Rays will move Hechavarria at the deadline to make room for him.

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