Rays’ bullpen blows a 3-1 lead against Jays

by Gary Shelton on September 5, 2016 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Archer pitched well enough to leave with a 3-1 lead./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Archer pitched well enough to leave with a 3-1 lead./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Monday, 4 a.m.

Seventeen-game winner on the mound for this team.

Seventeen-game loser on the mound for that.

Sounds like an easy game to pick, doesn't it. The Toronto Blue Jays, with J.A. Happ, had a distinct advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer.

Still, this game will surprise you. Oh, Toronto won, 5-3, but only after coming from a 3-1 deficit. Happ was gone after

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Longoria doubled to drive in the Rays' first run./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Longoria doubled to drive in the Rays' first run./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

eight outs. Archer went 6 1/3 innings and struck out nine. But a two-run homer off Russell Martin in the eighth was the difference maker.

“I felt good, (it’s) just unfortunate that we couldn’t win today,” Archer said. “(We) couldn’t do enough to win. ...I think most importantly we made some great defensive plays. Bobby Wilson did a great job behind the plate presenting the ball well to the umpire and getting into some good counts, calling some good pitches to get those guys out.”

Said manager Kevin Cash: “I thought Arch was just outstanding. Really, really strong performance on his part. I thought the slider was really good. He dotted a couple fastballs, that was great to see. Really just the way he approached their lineup. You didn’t see him get out of control or too over-amped. He was in the zone quite a bit, around the zone quite a bit. He threw a tremendous ballgame.”

Today, Matt Andriese pitches against Ubaldo Jimenez of Baltimore at 1:10 p.m.

Kiermaier scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Kiermaier scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

 

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