Rays clobbered by Giants on annual Pride Night

by Gary Shelton on June 18, 2016 · 2 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Fans responded to the Rays' Pride Night with sellout./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Fans responded to the Rays' Pride Night with sellout.

Saturday, 5:45 a.m.

The Rays raised more than $300,000 for Pulse victims./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

The Rays raised more than $300,000 for Pulse victims./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

They can feel pride in the way they reached out.

They can feel pride in the money they raised.

They can feel pride in that they made things a bit better.

The baseball game? That, the Tampa Bay Rays can take little pride in.

The Rays were clobbered by the San Francisco Giants on Pride Night. They lacked enough pitching, or enough hitting, to make a dent in the game.

A sellout crowd showed up to watch the Rays lose on Pride Night./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

A sellout crowd showed up to watch the Rays lose on Pride Night./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

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One strike from a shutout, Brad Miller homered.

One strike from a shutout, Brad Miller homered.

Chris Archer, for instance, gave up two more first-inning runs, and has now given up 16 in 15 first innings. A walk and back-to-back doubles got the Giants on the board. In the fourth, Gregor Blanca singled in two more runs.

Samardzija tamed the Rays on four hits.

Samardzija tamed the Rays on four hits.

“I thought he threw the ball all right,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. The walk in the first was kind of telling. You get the first two outs, then it’s a walk, and before you blink your eyes you’re down 2-0. We’ve got to prevent those big innings from happening, and it starts with the third batter to walk.”

In all, Archer gave up four runs, three of them earned.

“I don’t really think about (his first inning struggles) that much,” Archer said.

Gilt pitched well in relief.

Gilt pitched well in relief.

“After every game I analyze what I can do better and I think if I don’t walk that guy then things are a little bit different. But Buster Posey hit a good pitch there, and then the pitch that they scored on was not a very well-struck ball. I feel like if I force them to put the ball in play, I’m able to minimize the damage and keep it a little closer from the beginning. ... I rarely change my mentality. The plan is always to be aggressive, to always attack and we’re human sometimes we don’t hit our spot and that’s what happened to that batter in the first inning.”

Curt Casali was guilty of catcher's interference before Blanco's single.

“Chris was good, with the exception of a couple pitches and a bonehead move on my part,” Casali said. "I’m never trying to get a catcher’s interference, I’m always trying to help him out, get under the baseball and steal strikes for him, but sometimes my glove will run into a long swing. It ended up costing him a couple runs. I feel pretty bad about that. ... But overall I’ve been really impressed with his last couple outings. I think his fastball command has been much better, and the rest of his pitches have been on point as well.”

The Rays' offense, meanwhile, managed only four hits. The fourth one, with one strike to go, was a home run by Brad Miller.

The Rays play the Giants again today when Matt Moore faces Jake Peavy.

Archer has struggled in the first inning all season.

Archer has struggled in the first inning all season.

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Rick Martin June 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

Can’t complain too much – they’ve been on a decent streak lately and the injuries are stacking up on them, but I always think back to David Price’s comments that the team has a harder time getting up for games in front of 10k attendance. Since that comment I believe the Rays have pretty much lost every game where they’ve had 30k+. So much for David’s theory……

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Gary Shelton June 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

David’s last thoery is that the NBA finals are rigged. And that he’s overpaid.

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