Miller’s Error, Lack Of Timely Hitting Lead To Rays Defeat In Boston

Fundamentals Escape Rays In Loss 

The Boston Red Sox capitalized on a second inning error by second baseman Brad Miller leading to three unearned runs en route to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The game sped up on Blake Snell (0-2, 2.76 ERA) with 2-out in the bottom of the second inning. With a 2-1 lead, he had struck out the first two batters before allowing a single to Sandy Leon. Marco Hernandez sent a groundball to Tim Beckham at short and he flipped it to Miller at second for what should have been the inning ending play.

Unfortunately for Miller, Snell, and the Rays, the ball popped in and out of Miller’s glove and the inning continued. Maybe Snell was rattled, maybe his concentration waned.  For whatever reason, he was unable to get that third out before allowing a trio of runs to score and a total of nine batters to come to the plate.

“Just didn’t catch the ball, and it ended up costing us three runs and ended up being the difference in the game.” Miller said. “It just came in and came right back out.”

Lack Of Timely Hitting:

Miller’s error wasn’t the only reason for the loss. The Red Sox tried their hardest (including handing over a pair of unearned runs in the first) to lose this one. Putting baserunners on base, giving the Rays’ batters opportunity after opportunity, but they went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

About The Loss:

The loss marks the sixth time in their last seven games that the Rays have loss as they return home 6-8 on the year.

Rays batters struck out 11 times versus Red Sox pitching. They have now struck out in double-digits in six of their last seven games.

Rays Scoring Chances:

Second Inning: Leading 2-1. Derek Norris leadoff double – Tim Beckham grounds out, Corey Dickerson flies out, Kevin Kiermaier flies out.

Third Inning: Trailing 4-2. 1st and 3rd one out in the third – Logan Morrison pops out, Rickie Weeks Jr. strikes out.

Sixth Inning:Trailing 4-2. Rickie Weeks 2-out double, Derek Norris lines out.

Seventh Inning: Trailing 4-3. Bases loaded with 2-out for Logan Morrison who flies out to right.

Up Next:

The Rays return home to take on the Detroit Tigers for three. On Tuesday night the Rays send Matt Andriese (0-0, 4.50 ERA) up against Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25 ERA).

 

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