Kevin Kiermaier Provides Bright Lone Spot For Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays (19-26) finished their seven game road trip with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels (24-19). The Rays return home after finishing the seven game trip 3-4 and remain in the cellar of the AL East. David Price (4-4, 4.28 ERA) took the loss and Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 3.06) earned the win.
Price was victimized by two solo home runs by Albert Pujols and lacked the ability to put hitters away allowing 31 foul balls by Angels hitters to extend plate appearances. He allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits striking out 7 and walking none while lasting 6.2 innings.
Meanwhile the Rays offense was unable to solve minor league veteran Matt Shoemaker who worked six plus innings allowing just a single run (earned) on just two hits striking out six and walking three.
The lone bright spot for the Rays was the play of rookie Kevin Kiermaier who made a leaping catch against the wall and hit his first major league home run accounting for both runs driven in for the team.
First Major League Home Run: