Chris Archer Hard Luck Loser As Rays Drop Eighth In A Row
Chris Archer (3-3, 3.73 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (23-36) ended their worst road trip in franchise history falling to the Miami Marlins (30-28) and Henderson Alvarez ( 3-3, 2.62 ERA) by a final score of 1-0.
As noted above, the loss marks the conclusion of the worst road trip in franchise history (0-8) which was one game worse than their previous seven game skid from July 14th through 20th, 2006 that came against the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins.
The Rays were unable to muster a rally against the sinker balling Alvarez who needed only 88 pitches to earn the complete game shutout. He was able to induce three double play balls. Additionally, the Rays had self inflicted damage when David DeJesus was caught stealing and Yunel Escobar was out trying to catch the Marlins napping.
The Marlins got their solo run off Archer by benefit of a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. Christian Yelich came to the plate in a scoreless tie and dug himself into a 0-2 hole. Archer helped him by delivering back to back non-competitive pitches that were up and out of the strike zone. He followed with an attempt at a back door slider that just missed to run the count full and then doubled up on the slider but just missed for ball four which allowed Garrett Jones to cross home plate with the Marlins only run.
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In the fourth inning David DeJesus led off with a single but was easily thrown out trying to steal.
In the top of the fifth inning Yunel Escobar lined a one-out single but was caught trying to take advantage of the Marlins defense which seemed to have their head down returning to their defensive positions.
While the ball was returned to starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez Escobar took off from first. Alvarez turned and threw to second baseman Ed Lucas who appeared to have tagged Escobar in the waist after his hand had reached the bag (if he tagged him at all). The Rays challenged the call but their was not a conclusive angle to overturn the call.
The Rays needed one run but could not avoid double play balls that short circuited inning after inning. In the seventh inning James Loney singled with one out but Matt Joyce grounded into the inning ending double play.
Again in the eighth inning Yunel Escobar led off with an infield single. Jose Molina went to sacrifice Escobar to second but his bunt was back to Henderson Alvarez who fired to second to retire Escobar and the relay was in plenty of time to get the slow moving Molina at first.