Another no-name pitcher shuts down Rays

by Gary Shelton on September 4, 2017 · 0 comments

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Andriese hadn't pitched for the Rays' since June./CARMEN MANDATO

Andriese hadn't pitched for the Rays' since June./CARMEN MANDATO

Monday, 3 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays may get chased from the American League wild-card  scramble by the no-names of the American League.

It happened again Sunday, as the worst-in-the-league Chicago White Sox won a 6-2 victory behind the pitching of Lucas Giolito, who won his second game ever to drive the Rays deeper into the race.

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Hechevarria had three of the Rays' four hits./CAERMEN MANDATO

Hechevarria had three of the Rays' four hits./CARMEN MANDATO

Giolito gave up four hits — three of them to Adeiny Hechavarria, and struck out 10 Tampa Bay hitters in the victory. Jose Abreau and Tim Anderson homered for Chicago.

The Rays started Matt Andriese for the first time since June 10. Andriese was effective early, but his off-speed pitches weren't crisp enough later in the game.

Lucas Duda homered for the Rays, which is all he has done lately. He is five-for-his-last-44, with all five hits being home runs.

“He looked good,” Rays' manager Kevin Cash said of Giolito. “He mixed well. Had his change up going. He ptiched down and he pitched up. He gave us fits.”

Recently, that's a regular occurence. The Rays struggle mightily against pitchers they haven't seen before, and Geolito was no exception.

Tampa Bay comes home tonight to face the Minnesota Twins. Alex Cobb pitches against Jose Berrios at 7:10 p.m. at the Trop.

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