Rookie Chris Archer was pretty solid, allowing just one run on two hits through six innings. Then came the seventh, where he gave up three runs, two of which came with one swing of Brandon Crawford‘s bat.
But it was the offense that really hurt Archer, scoring once before again going dead. For anyone wondering, the Rays have scored only one time in their past 18 innings — not a recipe for success if you ask me.
Evan Longoria‘s horrid July (hitting .194) seems to have carried over into August, as he struck out with the bases loaded in the third and killed another rally during the fifth inning. I keep hearing it’s mental and he’ll break out anytime, but so far there’s been very little results.
Maybe it’s time to give him a few days off? Longoria’s undoubtedly the Rays best infielder, routinely making spectacular plays at third base, but his bat needs to heat up if this team has any hopes of winning the AL East. Interleague play would be a great time for such a move to be made because he’ll be able to relax, continue working with hitting coach Derek Shelton, plus manager Joe Maddon, and hopefully be ready once the stretch run begins later this month.
The good news from this loss would be that the Boston Red Sox also lost, keeping the Rays just one game out of first in the incredibly tough AL East.
Can they turn things around in time to catch those hated Red Sox and win the AL East? While possible, it all hinges on the offense snapping out of this recent slump.