Rays’ thin pitching can’t avert defeat

by Gary Shelton on May 22, 2023

in general

Monday, 4 a.m.

Cooper Criswell?

Jake Diekman?

Zack Littell?

My word, the Tampa Bay Rays are out of pitchers.

The Rays gave up too many baserunners, and too many home runs, in their 6-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday afternoon. It was just their fourth home loss of the season.

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The Rays, who have had a lot of scramble days due to the injuries in their rotation, were left in a bullpen situation on Sunday and, as a result, fell behind 3-0. After Josh Lowe's three-run homer tied it, the Brewers came back witn three more.

The first two home runs came off of Criswell, who was appearing in only his third stint of the season for the Rays. He gave up eight hits and five runs while in there.

Lowe had three hits for the Rays.

"It's not a hot start anymore," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said of Lowe. "He's off to a good start in the season."

The Rays open a four-game series against Toronto tonight at Tropicana Field at 6:40 p.m. The Rays have not announced a starter, but Toronto will start Chris Bassitt.

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