Struggling Offense Crushing Playoff Hopes
The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Cleveland Indians by a final score of 3-0. Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA) took the loss for the Rays who fall back to .500 at 58-58. It’s the first time they’ve been at .500 since June 16th when they were 35-35.
The Rays were shutout for the fifth time in eight games on their current nine game homestand. They have been shutout ten times this season, including six times in their last 19 games. Nine of the 10 shutouts this season have come in front of their home fans. It is also the first time in franchise history the team has been shutout five times in an eight game span.
Mike Clevinger (6-4, 3.75 ERA) picks up the win for the Indians who improve to 62-52 on the season. He worked seven innings holding the Rays scoreless on four hits while striking out nine and walking one. The seven innings and nine strikeouts both matched career highs.
It was the 11th shutout of the season for the Indians. It is the most of any staff in the American League and one behind the Dodgers (12) for the most in the big leagues.
Sergio Romo worked 1-2/3 frames in relief of Archer. He didn’t give up a hit and struck out three.
Jose Alvarado worked a scoreless eighth inning including two strikeouts. He’s now worked 4-1/3 scoreless innings in five appearances since his recall. In that span he’s allowed just two hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth. It was his ninth straight scoreless appearance since July 25th against Boston while he was a member of the Seattle Mariners. He has worked 7-2/3 scoreless innings since being acquired by the Rays (seven appearances).
Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84 ERA) worked 5 1/3 innings allowing three runs all earned on seven hits while striking out eight and walking two. His outing ends a streak of 15 straight starts of going six innings or more. His last start of six innings or fewer was also against the Indians back on May 15th.
The Indians remain the only AL team that Archer has yet to pickup a win against. In his career he is 0-7 with a 5.87 ERA (25ER/38.1-IP). The Rays have only given him eight runs of support in those seven starts and zero runs in four of them.
Archer’s wild pitch in the third inning allowed Francisco Lindor to score the games second run. It was Archer’s 12th wild pitch on the season, one more than he had all last year, and one off his career high (13) in 2015. The 12 wild pitchers tie him for the fifth most in MLB this season.
Longoria’s Absence Felt:
Trevor Plouffe started the game in place of the injured (thumb) Evan Longoria. His absence was felt immediately. With 2-out and runners on the corners, Jay Bruce sent a fly ball down the third base line. Plouffe drifted back on the ball but pulled up to allow left fielder Corey Dickerson to make the play. Both Plouffe and Dickerson stopped, Bruce’s ball fell in for a double, and Jose Ramirez scored the first run of the game.
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