Day To Forget: Cesar Ramos & Bullpen Roughed Up In 12-4 Loss
The Cincinnati Reds dominated the Tampa Bay Rays by a final score of 12-4. The loss drops the Rays record to 7-6 and 3-3 on their current 9-game road trip.
Cesar Ramos was making his fourth career start and first since 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was sharp in retiring the Reds in order in the first inning but labored through the second inning walking the bases loaded before surrendering a ground rule double to Zack Cozart that plated two runs.
The Reds then did Ramos a favor by running themselves out of an inning. Tony Cingrani hit a groundball to Yunel Ecobar who threw home to catch Devin Morasco in a rundown eventually tagging him out. Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan noticed Tony Cingrani caught up between first and second and threw to Logan Forsythe at second base. Forsythe ran Cingrani back to first and fed Sean Rodriguez who caught Zack Cozart attempting to score and fired a bullet to Hanigan who finished the double play by tagging Cozart out.
The Rays came right back to tie the game at 2-2 on a Ben Zobrist‘s two run homer. It was Zobrist 2nd homer off a left handed pitcher this season after only hitting one last year.
Ramos had new life and an opportunity to redeem himself but ran into trouble after just two hitters in the 3rd. Billy Hamilton started the inning with a single and just the threat of him stealing drew enough of Ramos’s attention that he put a cookie over the middle of the plate and Votto crushed hit 452 feet.
The home run ended Ramos’s afternoon and brought Brandon Gomes into the game. Gomes had not allowed an earned run all season including spring training. He allowed two men to reach base but struck out Ryan Ludwick for the second.
Devin Mesoraco came the plate and ended Gomes scoreless streak by belting a 3-run homer to give the Reds a 7-2 lead.
After Jeff Beliveau worked a scoreless inning Erik Bedard came in to make his Rays debut and immediately gave up a leadoff double to Jay Bruce who advanced to third on a Rays error on a throw back to the infield on a fly out and scored on a Mesoraco sacrifice fly.
The game remained 8-2 until the top of the 7th when James Loney doubled and Ben Zobrist connected on his second home run of the day. The home run came from the right side of the plate marking the fourth time in his career he has homered twice in the same game and the first time in his career he had homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.
The Rays needed seven pitchers to get through the game and only Jeff Beliveau managed to get through his outing without allowing a run.
If this were a football game the coaching staff would burn the tape and move on to the next game as their is little to gain from reliving the events.
The Rays should do the same thing as they move to Baltimore to take on the Orioles the next three nights to complete their 9-game, 3-city, 10-day road trip.