Chris Archer Struggles, Woes With Bats Continue
The Rays needed quality innings from Chris Archer on Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles but he was unable to deliver either the quality or the innings. The Orioles not only forced him to throw 64 pitches in the first three innings (24 in the first inning , 27 in the second, and 13 in the third) but they put the Rays in an early 6-0 hole.
Ryan Flaherty drove in the Orioles seventh run on a RBI single to drive in Matt Wieters from third. The hit came after Steve Lombardozzi hustled down the line to beat out an inning ending double play ball. Joe Maddon came out and challenged the call but after a 2:47 delay the call was upheld.
Chris Archer allowed a dozen hits which is two shy of a Rays team record of 14 held by James Shields (2012), Edwin Jackson (2007), Geremi Gonzalez (2004) and Tanyan Sturtze (2002). He lasted only six innings allowing seven earned runs striking out six and walking one.
The Rays finally put a run on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Ben Zobrist drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Desmond Jennings single. Chen struck out Logan Forsythe for the second out but Evan Longoria came through with the two-out RBI single to cut the O’s lead to 7-1.
Wei-Yin Chen entered the game having struggled in his first two starts against the Boston Red Sox (5.2 IP/4 ER) and the New York Yankees (5IP/4ER) had no problems shutting down an anemic Rays offense that has been held to three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games. He worked into the seventh inning with a final line score of 6.1 innings, one earned run on five hits striking out four and walking two. Evan Meek worked 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball and Darren O’Day came in to work the ninth.
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Cesar Ramos made his last start for the Rays in the nightcap of a doubleheader on June 24, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He did considerably better than his outing yesterday in Cincinnati but only lasted 2.2 innings. He was followed to the mound by Wade Davis for 2.2 innings, Brandon Gomes for 2.2, and J.P. Howell for one.
The Rays bullpen was spent and Cobb took the mound, like Archer, looking to give the team quality innings. The Royals jumped out to an early 1-0 and added five more runs on to that in the third to take the 6-0 lead.
The silver lining that night was that Cobb buckled down and pitched a complete game allowing 13-hits (one short of the Rays franchise record) and eight earned runs.
After the game he told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, “The first few innings I just really felt uncomfortable out there,” Cobb said. “It’s my job to stay sharp and stay on top of things, and I just wasn’t (Monday). Whether I didn’t prepare good enough this week or stay as sharp as I need to, there’s really no excuse to feel uncomfortable out there.”
It also was revealed after the game that the Rays had infielder Will Rhymes warming up in the batting cages in the event that another pitcher was needed. “They asked me if I was comfortable with that; I was like, yeah, but I don’t know if I can throw a strike, I haven’t pitched since I was 12,” Rhymes said. “I was pounding the zone in the cage. … Looking back on it, I’m glad it didn’t have to happen, but it would have been a cool experience.”