Rays Thumped, Price Makes Early Exit

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

Oakland (CBS) The Rays hoped to find greener pastures during this 10-game road trip, but the excursion out west has been an uphill battle for Tampa Bay as they lost 6-1 to the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night. They’ve dropped four out of five games to below average teams during the road trip, and it’s becoming harder to believe that this team is worthy of a playoff spot in October.

Rays ace David Price (9-9) took to the mound Wednesday night in an effort to bring this team back to its winning ways. Price looked good early, but after issuing walks in the third and fourth innings the A’s strung together some hits and were able to capitalize. Cliff Pennington and Hideki Matsui led the offensive surge for Oakland, with both players hitting RBI doubles in the fifth and sixth to give them a 4-0 lead through six innings.

Price was pulled in the sixth after giving up seven hits and four earned runs, while A’s starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy handled the Rays lineup with ease, giving up six hits and one run through eight innings.

“Price didn’t pitch his best game, but definitely good enough to win had we been able to generate some offense,” Manager Joe Maddon said to reporters after the game.

The Rays offensive woes this season are becoming more damaging as the season rolls on. They went 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position during the past two games, and the lack of offensive production has negated everything that the Rays have been doing well this season.

After a loss for Tampa Bay Tuesday night and wins for Boston and New York, the Rays are now 10 1/2 games back in the American League East and 8 1/2 back in the Wild Card race.

Their playoff hopes are dwindling after each loss, and hopefully they can keep their heads above water and make a splash in the month of August.

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