Rays Shutout By Vargas, Angels Win Series
The Tampa Bay Rays dropped their series finale with the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 2-0. It was the first non-winning series at Tropicana Field since June 13-16th versus the Kansas City Royals. Over the span of time from the Royals series til today the Rays were 9-0-1 in home series. The loss drops the Rays record to 75-57 and they begin the night 3 games behind the Boston Red Sox who take on the Baltimore Orioles at 7:05.
Jake Odorizzi took the loss to fall to 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA. He worked an impressive 5 innings allowing just 1R/ER on 4 hits striking out 3 and walking 2.
"Give Odorizzi credit today", Joe Maddon said, "He pitched really, really, really well...To keep them to two runs today is really important on our part. We normally win a game like that, especially at home. I was really pleased with the pitching, overall defense, big knock toward the end there again by Escobar. Another good at-bat late in the ballgame."
Justin Vargas earned the victory as he frustrated Rays hitters all afternoon delivering 7 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits striking out 7 and walking 3. Ernesto Frieri came in to work the 9th inning and notched his 28th save on the season.
There was a deflating feeling in the dugout after failing to score with the baseball. Joe Maddon called it a "frustrating day all around." About the bases loaded play he said, "that's not a good play for us."
The Rays offense was frustrating to watch during the entire series as Wil Myers and Evan Longoria combined to go 0 for 19. The good news is that Wil Myers drew 3 walks on the afternoon matching a career high and brings hope that the old adage 'when you're walking you're hitting" will ring true.
After the game Myers said, "I feel better. I felt like today was my best day in a week. I felt my hands working a lot better today even though I did have the strike out - took some good swings at balls."
The Rays depart for a 10-game, 3-city road trip beginning with 3 games in Oakland against the Athletics on Friday Night at 10:05 pm. The pitching match up will be David Price (8-5, 3.28 ERA) against Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.58 ERA).
On Sunday at 4:05 the Rays will most likely turn the ball over to Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 3.95 ERA) take on A.J. Griffin (11-9, 3.94 ERA). It should be noted that the decision on who starts on Sunday for the Rays has not been determined.