Rays Tough Spell Continues In 6-3 Loss To Indians
The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Friday night to fall to 16-21 on the year and have now lost five in a row at home but there were some positives to be taken away from the game and reasons for hope moving forward.
Losing Streak: Lost their sixth straight at home to tie their longest losing streak since becoming the Rays in 2008.
Big Innings: The Indians scored five runs against in the seventh inning marking the seventh time that they allowed five or more runs in an innings after only allowing 10 such innings in 2013.
Blowing Leads: Since the start of the last road trip the Rays are 5-9 and have blown 14 leads in those 14 games.
Bullpen Scuffling: The bullpen allowed six earned runs in four innings against the Tribe. It was the fourth time this season that the Rays pen has allowed six or more runs in a game.
Strikeouts: Recorded a career high 11 strike outs while only issuing two walks. His 11 strikeouts trail only Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros for the major league single game mark for rookies thus far in 2014 . The only Rays rookie with more strikeouts in a game was Dan Wheeler with 12 on September 12, 1999.
More Strikeouts: Became the first Rays pitcher since Alex Cobb (13 in 4.2IP vs Padres on May 10, 2013) to strike out 10 or more hitters in five innings or less. The only other Rays pitcher to match that feat was Matt Moore in his major league debut against the Yankees on September 22, 2011.
Swing and Miss: Drew 16 swing and misses from Indians hitters after only generating nine in his previous two starts combined.
Struggles Through Lineup: Once again he was stellar holding the Indians to 1-8 the first time through the lineup with five strikeouts.From that point on the Tribe hitters batted .357 (5 for 14) .
Hitting Machine: His four hits tied a career high (14 times) accomplished most recently against the Baltimore Orioles on September 20, 2013 (but needed 9 plate appearances to accomplish that).
Double Pleasure: Three of his four hits were double becoming the first Rays player since Ben Zobrist on June 11, 2011 to hit three doubles in a single game.
Hot: Batting .415 (17 for 41) with a .520 on-base percentage over his last 15 games.