Matt Moore Departs With Cranky Elbow, Rays Fall To Royals 4-2

Kansas City Royals Continues To Be A Thorn In The Rays Side

The Tampa Bay Rays were held to three runs or less for the fourth  time in just eight games losing to Jason Vargas and the Royals 4-2 but more importantly they may have lost Matt Moore to injury.

After an early spell of wildness Moore seemed to be settling in. After retiring the first hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning and was ahead in the count one ball and two strikes on Norichika Aoki when he delivered a 85 mile per hour change up for a ball.

After the pitch he immediately grimaced and clenched his fist and motioned to catcher Ryan Hanigan to come to the mound. They were joined by manager Joe Maddon and assistant trainer Paul Harker.

Moore did not attempt to lobby to stay in the game nor did his body language reveal if the problem was in the arm, back, side, or legs.  After the game Joe Maddon said that Moore did attempt to talk his way to stay in the game.

Later in the game the Rays updated his condition saying he left the game due to soreness in the left elbow and will have an MRI in the morning.

The Pitch: GIF From Rays Index (Cork Gaines):

 Moore’s Velocity Over Course Of Game:

After Moore left the game he was replaced by Cesar Ramos who struck out Aoki, walked Omar Infante, and retired Eric Hosmer on a fly out to center to end the inning.

Ramos stayed in the game and started the sixth for the Rays. In the seven head to head matchups between the Rays and Royals in 2013 the Royals scored 24 of their 53 runs.  Of the 24 runs allowed 14 of them came with two outs.

The Royals would continue the 2013 trend against the Rays by putting up three runs on a 2-out bases clearing double by Alcides Escobar to put the Royals up 4-0. The hit came against Heath Bell who had replaced Ramos with a man on first and one out.

Matt Moore wasn’t the only player to suffer an injury and be forced to exit the game. Omar Infante was hit in the jaw by a Heath Bell fastball and left the game under his own power but appeared to be in significant pain.


Jason Vargas earned his first victory of the year (1-0, 1.20 ERA) but lost his chance for the shutout when Ben Zobrist hit his first home run of the year in the top of the ninth inning. His final line reads 8 innings allowing just one earned run on four hits striking out two and walking one.

He was replaced by Greg Holland who gave up an earned run on a single to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce in earning his third save of the season.

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