ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) David Price did everything right Tuesday night, but Tigers’ pitcher Brad Penny met Price with some great stuff of his own.
Detroit took down the Rays 2-1 tonight after getting off to a late start due to lighting difficulties, which is never an uncommon occurrence at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay is now 0-5 against the Tigers this season, which makes the hope of evening this series at two apiece far less likely.
Price had his fastball going early and showed great command through the first six innings, but a rally by Detroit in the seventh inning was all it took to get enough runs to win their second consecutive game of the series.
Alex Avila was able to drive in a run on a single to center field, and Detroit’s second run came on a sacrifice fly from Jhonny Peralta to bring in Victor Martinez from third.
The Rays mustered 11 hits tonight, with their only run coming from a double in the third by Ben Zobrist.
Tonight was not a night to remember for the Rays’ offense. They had opportunities to drive in runs with runners in scoring position, but could not come through in big situations.
Executing in these clutch situations is what separates the good teams from the great ones, and at this point it’s easy to classify what category the Rays might fall under.
They continue their four-game series with the Tigers tomorrow at 7:10 ET at Tropicana Field.