Rays Fall Flat In Series Finale, Lose 5-3
In front of a Fathers Day crowd of 27,442 the Rays fell to the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 5-2. In losing 3 out of 4 games to the Royals the Rays record drops to 36-33 on the year. ?The Rays will have an off-day tomorrow as they try to regroup after a 4-6 home stand before travelling to Boston for a 3-game series beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. The Royals victory improves their record to 33-34 and they head to Cleveland for a 3-game series with the Indians.
The best news of the afternoon was that Alex Cobb had been released from the hospital and returned home. ?When asked how long Cobb may be out Joe Maddon said he has no idea. I'm not even worried about that right now. The biggest thing is to just follow the instructions of the doctors, make sure that he gets his rest, and eventually we'll find out how long it's going to take."
Alex Cobb tweeted out thanks to the fans last night and updated his status this morning:
Can't thank everyone enough for the prayers. Was the only way for me to make it out of there ok. Look forward to getting back out there.
Want to say thank you to our All-star trainer Ron Porterfield and the doctors @bayfront hospital. Woke up with only a minor headache today.
? Alex Cobb (@Acobb53) June 16, 2013
Roberto Hernandez (4-7, 5.02 ERA) took the loss working 5.2 innings and allowed 4R/ER on 9 hits striking out 2 and walking 1. Jake McGee (0.1 innings), Josh Lueke (1.0 inning), Cesar Ramos (1.0 inning), and Kyle Farnsworth (1.0) combined to deliver 3.1 innings allowing 1R/ER on 2 hits striking out 2 and walking 1.
Hernandez's afternoon came to an end in the 6th inning when ?he was unable to escape a 2-out rally by the Royals. He retired David Lough on a line out to shortstop and Mike Moustakas on a ground out to shortstop but gave up a 2-out double to Elliot Johnson. With Jeff Francoeur due up and first base open the decision was made to walk Francoeur and allow Hernandez to go after Alcides Escobar. The move backfired as Escobar laced a single up the middle scoring Johnson and ending Hernandez's game. To make matters worse Jake McGee allowed Francoeur to score on a single to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.
About the intentional walk: Joe Maddon said he liked the match up with Hernandez and Escobar better than with Francouer. He sited the fact that Francouer had hit Hernandez hard in his career (4 for 11 with a homer) and Escobar had struggled (1 for 8). ?Maddon called it "the absolutely perfect match up that didn't work out."
The Rays offense was held in check for most of the afternoon scoring 2 runs in the 1st and a single tally in the 9th but were able to bring ?the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning but Greg Holland struck out Ben Zobrist to end the game.
After being traded to the Royals in the winter Wade Davis (4-5, 5.18 ERA) made his return ?to Tropicana Field and made it count in picking up the victory. He worked the first 6 innings allowing 2R/ER on 5 hits striking out 4 and walking 2. The afternoon got off to a bumpy start as he needed 35 pitches to escape a 1st inning jam but then settled down to keep the Rays off the board allowing only 2 hits through the next 5 innings.
The Royals bullpen took over and held the Rays to 1-run over for the final three innings. Greg Holland worked the 9th inning for the Royals and allowed 1R but picked up his 14th save on the year. ?In the month of June the Royals bullpen is 5-2 with 6 saves in as many opportunities and has an 0.95 ERA ( 4 earned runs in 38 innings of work).
The Rays came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 1st on a RBI double by Luke Scot and a 2-out Desmond Jennings RBI single.
Jeff Francoeur homered in the top of the 5th to tie the game at 2-2.
The Royals took a lead on a 2-out RBI single by Alcides Escobar scoring Elliot Johnson who had narrowly missed a home run to lead off the inning. ?Left hander Jake McGee came in to face the left handed hitting Alex Gordon who lined a single to right to score Francoeur to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.
The Rays cut the lead to 5-3 in the 9th inning on solo home run by Jose Lobaton his 4th home run of the year.
The Rays will play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday in Fenway Park. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m. and the second game at 7:05 p.m. The Rays pitching rotation has not been determined but ?Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80 ERA) will start one of the games and the Rays will most likely add Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the roster to pitch the other. The Red Sox will counter with Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.91) and Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 5.58 ERA).