Joe Maddon said last night the Rays got ambushed. The best part of the evening was it wasn’t on local TV last night and bleary eyed Rays didn’t have to ask themselves why why why did I stay up so late last night. The worst past of the night was the ugly loss that sent the sinking Rays 7 games under .500 which now means the media will begin the calls for the Rays to trade David Price. Mark this game as the one, the moment the Rays crossed the line, if they do indeed trade David Price.
The Rays had their work cut out for them facing Felix Hernandez in game one of the three game set. But the ballgame was given away way before King Felix was tossed out of the game leaving with a big lead and 7 K’s and his 4th win of the season. You remember Hernandez he was the guy who tossed the prefect game against the Rays back on 2012.
This game was anything but perfect for the Rays. With four errors for the usually sure handed Rays. Longo committed one error you hardly ever see him make, on a ball that sailed on him and away from James Loney at first and the Loney’s error made me look twice because it was an E3 he never makes as the ball stayed up on him and then went through the wickets for error number four of the game. The Rays shot themselves in the foot two more times as Myers bobbled a ball in the outfield and Cesar Ramos threw a come backer away to second.
But it just wasn’t the errors that made it a long night for the Rays. Cesar Ramos pounded the strike zone getting ahead throwing first pitch strikes. He fell behind 1-0 only five time to the 18 hitter he saw. But for Ramos the M’s were teeing off on just about everything Ramos threw in the first two innings. So many hard hit balls were rocketing off the walls at Safeco Field. Believe it or not it could have been worse than that. Seattle had two-line drives that hit the yellow line on the top of the fence with one becoming a single and a put out 9-4-6 with Justin Smoak walking off the field shaking his head.
Now for the goofy part of the day. I knew just by watching the highlights and live look ins on MLB Network last night what Joe Maddon was going to say about Cesar Ramos after the game. I was doing post game on MLB Network Radio and looked up and saw that Ramos has lasted into the 7th inning. I know it’s hard to find anything good about last night, but that fact that Ramos gave up only 1 more run in his outing. He gutted his way through 6 plus innings and helped saved an over taxed bullpen. I know it’s not much but it was something isn’t it?
Something to keep an eye on … Jake Odorizzi is sick and the Rays scratched Enny Romero from his start with the Durham Bulls. He might be asked to pitch the final game of this set on Wensday.