Jon Lester Dominates, Rays Lose Sixth Straight
The Rays struggles continued as were swept by Boston and lost their sixth straight game on Sunday.
Erik Bedard got the start and picked up the loss, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 4 2/3 innings. He moves to 2-4 on the year.
Jon Lester got the start for Boston and dominated Sunday afternoon, throwing 7 scoreless innings while giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk en route to striking out 12 Rays hitters.
The Rays offense collected just 5 hits on the afternoon as the team continues to struggle to get into a rhythm offensively.
Jerry Sands made his debut with the team and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts out of the cleanup spot. It was surprising to everyone that Maddon put him in the 4 hole, but it is quite possible this move was made as a statement to the team.
It’s likely that the only reason Sands was in the cleanup spot is because right now he might be the best option there for Maddon. He’s a fresh face and right out of the minor leagues, and while he deserves a shot to prove himself at the major league level hopefully the Rays got the message.
The guy that hurt the Rays the most wasn’t any of the big boppers on the Red Sox either, it was rookie Brock Holt. He went 4-4 with a walk, a run scored, and 2 RBI’s out of the leadoff spot.
Holt’s double in the bottom of the fourth is quite possibly the hit that did the Rays in. They were down 1-0 at the time and with Jon Lester dominating couldn’t afford to give up the two-run double to Holt.
Sean Rodriguez has been great defensively up to this point, but he misplayed a fly ball to left that should of ended the inning that allow Holt to reach base and those two runners to score.
The Rays start the Citrus Series against the Marlins tomorrow in Miami as they send Alex Cobb (1-2, 2.93) to the mound to face Randy Wolf (0-1, 4.50).