Rare Defensive & Mental Lapses Cost Rays In 9-2 Loss To White Sox
Rays Find Another Way To Lose, Commit Four Errors In 9-2 Loss
The Tampa Bay Rays (11-14) committed four errors in assisting the Chicago White Sox (14-13) to a 9-2 victory. David Price (3-2, 4.75 ERA) took the loss and Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23 ERA) picked up his first major league win.
David Price was a victim of some poor defense including his own and a failure to keep his emotions in check on the mound. He pitched 7+ innings allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits striking out seven and walking one.
Scott Carroll was tough on the Rays registering 13 ground ball outs which thanks to a trio of double plays accounted for 16 outs. He worked 7.1 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on just six hits striking out three and walking two in picking up his first major league win.
The game was scoreless into the bottom of the fifth inning but with two outs David DeJesus singled. Carroll got Yunel Escobar to send a shallow fly ball to right fielder Dayan Viciedo who dropped the ball and then compounded the mistake by not making any effort to retrieve the ball as DeJesus raced all the way from first to score the games first run.
The sixth inning was an adventure for the normally sure handed Rays defense and the normally composed David Price. Gordon Beckham sent a one hopper to Ben Zobrist who couldn’t come up with it cleanly and then Adam Eaton rifled one to shortstop Yunel Escobar who could only knock the ball down and keep Beckham from moving to third.
Then the wheels came off. Marcus Semien laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third base side which was fielded by Price who threw the ball wide of Ben Zobrist at first as Beckham came in to score. It got worse. Wil Myers bobbled the ball allowing Adam Eaton to score from first.
Suddenly the Rays were down 2-1 with Jose Abreu at the plate. David Price maybe rattled by the defensive lapse by himself on the previous play laid a fastball belt high that Abreu was expecting and launched it for his 11th home run of the season and the White Sox were up 4-1.
Dayan Viciedo followed with a double and after a Konerko strikeout Alexei Ramirez sent a ground ball to Yunel Escobar who overthrew James Loney which allowed Viciedo to score and put Ramirez in scoring position.
The bad luck wasn’t quite over yet as Alejandro De Aza sent a line drive back at Price who initially caught the ball and looked to have an opportunity at the double play at second base but he was unable to hold on and only got the runner at first for the second out prolonging the inning for Tyler Flowers.
The White Sox added four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 8-1. Gordon Beckham drew a lead off walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a shallow bloop single by Adam Eaton. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI double advancing Eaton to third and knocking David Price from the game.
Lueke stared his own chapter of futility by walking Abreu to push Viciedo into scoring position and then giving up the RBI single to plate Viciedo for the White Sox ninth run.