Rays’ Chris Archer pitches well, but loses 19th

by Gary Shelton on September 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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Archer lost his 19th game of the season.

Archer lost his 19th game of the season.

Saturday, 4 a.m.

It started badly.

It ended terribly.

And in between, the Tampa Bay Rays spent a lot of time not scoring in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Pitcher Chris Archer lost his 19th game of the year — a franchise record — after giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to David Ortiz. He gave

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Boston fans came out to say farewell to David Ortiz.

Boston fans came out to say farewell to David Ortiz.

up nothing the rest of the way, but it was still enough for his 11th straight loss to Boston. It has been 12 seasons since Kansas City's Darrell May was the last 19-game loser.

"I’m not trying to be funny,” Archer said of Ortiz, “but I’m really glad I never have to face that guy again. I mean, he’s a really good hitter, and I feel like we’ve gotten the #34 Big Papi (1 of 1)best of each other and I think in terms of baseball he’s gotten the best of me more than I got the best of him, so I’m glad I never have to face that guy again.”

Archer has pitched better since the All-Star break, and his 4.02 ERA is now at its lowest since Opening Day. Still, he faces the possibility of one more start and his 20th loss.

"It stinks whenever you’re on the mound for so many team losses,” Archer said. “A lot of times it goes back to a couple situations here or there, every single time, and just need to be better. Need to be better in those situations. We play tight games, we play one-run games, and defense supported me tremendously tonight. I just wish I could have been a little better on my end in that 1st inning.”</span></span></span>

It wasn't the first time Archer has gotten off to a slow start. Archer has a 7.43 ERA in the first inning compared to 3.43 afterward.

The Rays had a chance to tie the game in the ninth after Evan Longoria led off with a double. But Brad Miller popped out and Mikie Mahtook and Juniel Querecuto struck out to end the game.

"We had two righties on the bench (Richie Shaffer and Curt Casali),” said manager Kevin Cash. “Look, (Brad) Ziegler is really tough on right-handed hitters. Keeps the ball down really well, and he’s got the Frisbee that he throws away. So I thought Q (Querecuto]) was our best chance right there being that he was left- handed. It’s a tough matchup against a righty or a lefty, but ideally you pick up that pitch a little better from the left-handed box.”

Matt Andriese pitches this evening against Boston's 21-game winner, Rick Porcello.

Mahtook's homer led to

Mahtook's homer led to the Rays' ony run of the night.

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