Moore returns for Rays, but the slump deepens

by Gary Shelton on July 2, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' pitching coach Jim Hickey talks it over with Moore./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Rays' pitching coach Jim Hickey talks it over with Moore/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Thursday, 4:35 p.m.

For 14 months, he had waited.

Forever, until he felt as if he used to be a pitcher, Matt Moore had bided his time.

Finally, he was back. And could a little thing like a few runs seem that disappointing?

Oh, here lately, the Rays give up plenty of runs, they come by them only with great effort. Think it it this way: The Rays scored four runs Thursday afternoon; it was as many as the Rays had scored in the first three games combined. The Rays had seven hits. That was one ore than the Rays got in the first three games of the set.

So Mike Aviles hit a home run on the first pitch to beat Tampa Bay in the 10th inning, it may have been a little disappointing, but it has hardly surprising. The Rays have now lost nine of their last 11, and they have settled nicely into fourth place in the AL East.

Ah, but Moore. That was finally something for the Rays to feel good about.

It is an eternal journey back to a major league mound for a young pitcher who has been

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Rick Martin July 4, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Wow, last three losses have been daggers to the heart……the Friday game vs NYY was a killer with not one, but two heroic HRs by NYY sluggers……I can’t see the team rebounding from these losses……this might send them in a tailspin. Hate to see such good starting pitching performances (Archer and Karns, Moore wasn’t that bad) be wasted like they have.


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