Rays find a way to lose to error-prone Orioles

by Gary Shelton on August 9, 2018 · 0 comments

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Carlos Gomez scores on a sacrifice fly./JEFFREY S. KING

Carlos Gomez scores on a sacrifice fly to short./JEFFREY S. KING

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Huh?

The Rays lost this one? Really? How?

How do you let a team with lead gloves beat you? How do you lose to a bad team as it plays bad baseball? How do you explain this one after you get someone else to explain it to you?

The Rays lost yet another one-run game Wednesday night, 5-4 to the ham-fisted Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles committed five errors -- plus made several other misplays -- yet handed the Rays their loss.

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Beeks pitched five solid innings for Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

Beeks pitched five solid innings for Rays./JEFFREY S. KING

It was the eighth time this season that the cellar-dwelling Orioles have beaten the Rays -- the second most in the majors except for Boston (nine). It was the 27th one-run loss by the Rays this season.

This time, Sergio Romo -- who has 13 saves -- let a 4-3 lead get away. Romo -- who also has seven blown saves -- gave up two runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Trey Mancini. Romo is tied with Toronto's Ryan Tepera for the most blown saves in the league.

Romo blew his seventh save of the season./JEFFREY S. KING

Romo blew his seventh save of the season./JEFFREY S. KING

It was the sixth time the Orioles have won a game after committing five errors, their first time since 1983.

Former Ray Tim Beckham committed two errors, failed to tag Carlos Gomez when Gomez stretched a single into a double, straddled second base on a force out and threw wild to the plate on a fly ball as Gomez scoreda go-ahead run.

Cash accepted Romo's bad outing.

“Just up a little bit in the zone and then fell behind 3-0 to Mancini," Cash said. "Then he had to make some pitches there, had to throw him some strikes and Mancini was ready for him. If you look at what Sergio has done for almost two months now, he’s really reset his season. He’s allowed a hiccup.

Smith tries to catch up to Tim Beckham's home run./JEFFREY S. KING

Smith tries to catch up to Tim Beckham's home run./JEFFREY S. KING

"It’s unfortunate it happened there in a one-run ballgame, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. He’ll bounce right back and be fine.”

Romo credited the Baltimore hitters.

“They hit some hittable pitches," Romo said. "I’ve been feeling really good about myself lately. I’ve been throwing the ball well, I’ve got confidence going. I haven’t looked at the replay and I don’t think I’m going to. It just happened today. Apparently I left some pitches that were much more hittable than I had been throwing and they hit them. This is the majors. Everybody is dangerous with a bat. I went and tried to attack like normal. It just didn’t work out today.”

Adames makes a play to first./JEFFREY S. KING

Adames makes a play to first./JEFFREY S. KING

Baltimore hit three solo home runs, including two off of opener Ryne Stanek in the first inning.

But Jalen Beeks came in afterward, and threw five innings of two-hit baseball. He, too, gave up a homer to Mark Trumbo.

“He did a nice job," Cash said. "Another nice job. Gave up the solo home run to Trumbo in five innings of work. He was efficient again. Not a lot of hits. You can tell his stuff plays when he’s getting it over the plate and he’s getting ahead. He has that knack for getting a lot of groundballs.”

The Rays rallied from a 3-1 deficit and took the lead in the eighth when Gomez scored on a popup to Beckham in shallow left.

“It’s playing the game right," Gomez said. "The only thing you can control is

Duffy makes a play behind third base./JEFFREY S. KING

Duffy makes a play behind third base./JEFFREY S. KING

to play hard every single day. Always pay attention where the defense plays. As a veteran and as an old guy here, that’s the way to teach the young guys how to play the game right. Anticipate the situation and that’s how you win ballgames.”

Said Cash: “Obviously that’s a play that you just don’t see very often. He hustled on the tag up, but also from first to second. He’s intense. He plays with
a lot of passion. I think in a lot of ways he’s been pretty instrumental leading our young players and that’s how you do it. That’s how you play the game.

Joey Wendle had two hits for the Rays.

Tampa Bay closes out its series out against Baltimore tonight at 7:10. Hunter Wood opens for the Rays against David Hess.

Bauers safe as Beckham can't handle the throw./JEFFREY S. KING

Bauers safe as Beckham can't handle the throw./JEFFREY S. KING

 

 

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