Losing continues as Rays bashed by Tigers again

by Gary Shelton on July 2, 2016 · 0 comments

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Oswaldo Arcia attempts to catch a ball in the fifth inning./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Oswaldo Arcia attempts to catch a ball in the fifth inning./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Saturday, 5:30 a.m.

Meet the new closer for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Why, it's infielder Taylor Motter.

Not that things are going badly for the Rays' bullpen — and the rest of the Rays, too — but the Rays turned to an infielder Friday night to finish things up in a 10-2 pounding by the Detroit Tigers. It was the Rays' 14th loss in their last 16

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Smyly fell to 2-9 on the season/TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Smyly fell to 2-9 on the season/TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

games. Over that span, the Rays' bullpen has had a 9.72 ERA.

“I think the bullpen right now is in a rut,” said Rays' manager Kevin Cash. “The home runs are beating us up, especially when they’re coming with guys on base. You give up two three-run homers, you’re making it really difficult to win games and you’re making It really difficult to get back in the ballgame, so somehow we’ve got to prevent a little bit of both—the baserunners and also the home run. We need to make some better pitches. We’re just not.”

The Tigers took up where they had left off after Thursday night's eight-run eighth. Victor Martinez hit two three-run homers for Detroit.

Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria went 0-for-3./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria went 0-for-3./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

The Rays had only four hits in the game. Drew Smyly pitched better, Cash said, but fell to 2-9 on the season.

Brad Miller's two-run homer in the ninth provided the Rays' runs.

Michael Fulmer threw seven innings of two-hit shutout baseball.

“He looked good,” said Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus. “He looked strong. He had his command. He threw strikes, kept his pitch count down. He did an excellent job. ... We were gonna send him out for the seventh, the question is whether we want to send him out for the eighth. We want to watch his pitches, but we also want to watch our bullpen innings, as well. He had all pitches working, he threw some good changeups, as well.”
Motter said his pitching was a one-time thing.

“He just said to go get loose in the cage, and if they needed me I was ready,” Motter said. “It was just a one-time thing, and who knows if it’s going to happen again. I got out there and got an out, so I did what I needed to do. You just hope you don’t go out in a game like that. We’re losing big-time, and you hate to see a game like that get away from us.”

The Rays' Blake Snell pitches against Justin Verlander today.

Forsyth throws to second to force an out./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Forsythe throws to second to force an out./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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