Lethargic Rays shut out by Marlins

by Gary Shelton on July 5, 2018 · 0 comments

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Gomez has a meltdown in the dugout./CARMEN MANDATO

Gomez has a meltdown in the dugout./CARMEN MANDATO

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Say this for  Carlos  Gomez.  The guy gets the most from his swings.

He was strong. He was aggressive. He attacked like a man intent on doing some damage.

If only the Miami Marlins were throwing water coolers over the plate, the Rays would have been fine.

Except for Gomez' second-inning assault on the team's drinking containers, the Rays didn't accomplish much with their bats in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. They managed just four hits as they were shutout for the fifth time this year, this time by Jose Urena.

Rays' manager Kevin Cash wouldn't blame his team's lethargy on its 5 1/2-hour, 16 inning victory the night before. Clearly, however, the Rays were more lethargic than they have been lately.

"I guess we'll be getting a bill for some water coolers," Cash said.

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Wendle had two of ghee Rays' four hits./JEFFREY S. KING

Wendle had two of the Rays' four hits./JEFFREY S. KING

For the Marlins -- who also played late the night before -- J.T. Riddle had a single, triple and a home run for Miami. He drove in two runs and scored the third, sliding around catcher Jesus Sucre at the plate.

"We just couldn’t get the bats going for whatever reason,, Cash said. "Their pitchers did a good job of keeping our bats really quiet.".

The Rays used pitcher Ryan Weber, just called up from the minors. He pitched five innings, giving up four hits and two runs. The Rays immediately sent him down after the game.

Andrisse threw two shutout innings for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Andriese threw two shutout innings for Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

"I knew I was coming up the eat up some innings," Weber said. "I tried to do a little too much (on the triple) and left it up."

The Rays have today off. They visit the Mets on Friday. Their pitcher has not been designated, but the Mets will start Jacob deGrom. The game begins at 7:10 p.m.

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