Orioles Continue Rays Slide

The Tampa Bay Rays extended their losing streak to 11 games after a 12-5 loss to the Orioles. The game did not begin well for Drew Smyly and the Rays when the O’s fourth hitter of the game Chris Davis popped an opposite field grand slam homerun just inside the foul pole to start the game 4-0. Smyly lasted five innings but he gave up 8 runs, including a solo blast to Jonathan Schoop in the third and a two run shot from Mark Trumbo in the fifth.

The Rays had a shot with Tyler Wilson on the mound. He gave up solo homeruns to Desmond Jennings in the second and another to Oswaldo Arcia in the fourth. The Rays assaulted him for three hits, a walk and three runs in the fifth to close the game to 6-5. The Trumbo two run homer made it 8-5 and then Dylan Bundy pitched three innings of shutout relief to preserve the Orioles victory.

The Orioles also beat up on Ryan Webb in the eighth. After he retired the first two hitters the next five Orioles got hits off him to lead to four runs. That put the game out of reach for the Rays.

Game Notes: Not impressed with either Drew Smyly or Tyler Wilson. Drew got his fastball as high as 91. He struck out six, including four in a row between the second and third innings, but he also gave up a lot of big hits. Wilson is a small righthander who sits at 88-90. Myworld can’t imagine him making another team’s starting rotation, but the Orioles are desperate for starting pitching. With the farm system bare and former O’s Jason Hamel and Jake Arriata starring for the Cubs the O’s need at least two more starting pitchers. The second half of the season may see Dylan Bundy in the rotation…The last five hitters in the Rays lineup are hitting .217 or less. The team may hit a number of homeruns, but the batting averages of the bottom of their order are abysmal. Tim Beckham, the former number one pick has finally made the major leagues but he is only hitting .190. The Rays had him at third base on Sunday where he showed his defense is limited at the position…Adam Jones did not go deep, but he finished the day 4 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored batting from the leadoff spot…Oswaldo Arcia shows no plate discipline. He went fishing, swinging and missing at a pitch in the dirt on a 2-0 count, after the pitcher had thrown five straight balls. He was a triple short of the cycle today (3 for 4), but myworld does not see sustained success unless he gets more control over the strike zone…Dylan Bundy was hitting 95 with his fastball. He struck out four in a row between the seventh and eighth innings.

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