Rays clobber floundering Tigers
FINAL: Rays 10, Tigers 2
It's pretty surprising that the Tigers would lose a game started by David Price by a score of 10-2, but then again, nothing should surprise us when it comes to this team nowadays.
Alex Avila hit a two-out double to left field to keep the game alive, and Jose Iglesias singled to right field to put a meaningless run on the board for the Tigers in the ninth.
The Tigers are in a free fall, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight. One would have thought that David Price could possibly stop the bleeding tonight, then perhaps Justin Verlander could come through tomorrow and the Tigers could win the series, but that's just not the case.
Management has to do some serious soul-searching. If reports that they are worried about the box office for the rest of the season, and therefore will not sell off key assets heading towards Friday's trade deadline, then they are doing this franchise a disservice.
Bottom 8th: Rays 10, Tigers 1
Neftali Feliz has not proven to be a lighting in a bottle type of signing.
Feliz, who came on to pitch the eighth inning, gave up a leadoff homer to Evan Longoria to give the home team a little more insurance heading into the ninth.
Apparently, that wasn't enough for the Rays.
Feliz then issued a walk to Logan Forsythe, gave up a single to Steven Souza, and a single to Asdrubal Cabrera to load the bases for the suddenly dangerous Curt Casali. Go figure, Feliz struck Casali out before giving up a bases-clearing triple to Tim Beckham to make it 9-1. Mercifully, Feliz was pulled from the game.
With Blaine Hardy into pitch, Kevin Kiermaier wanted to add just a little more insult to injury, bringing Beckham home with a sacrifice fly. Hardy struck out Brandon Guyer to end the inning.
Top 8th: Rays 5, Tigers 1
Victor Martinez shot one down the third baseline against the shift for a two-out single, but any thoughts of a rally were quickly squashed as J.D. Martinez struck out on three pitches to end the inning.
Whatever fight the Tigers have left, they'll have find it in the ninth inning.
Ian Kinsler and Yoenis Cespedes flew out to center field to start the inning against Rays reliever Steven Geltz.
I will say this. The Tigers have battled a lot better at the plate tonight than they did last night. The results just haven't been there.
Bottom 7th: Rays 5, Tigers 1
Al Alburquerque came in and did something we haven't seen much of tonight from Tigers pitching. He set the Rays down in order.
Alburquerque picked up a strikeout of Brandon Guyer, and at least his given his team a little ray of hope heading into the eighth inning with the top of the lineup due up.
Top 7th: Rays 5, Tigers 1
Xavier Cedeno came in and picked up where Jake Odorizzi left off, retiring the Tigers in order as the chances at the plate are starting to run out on the team from Motown.
Alex Avila grounded out to first, Jose Iglesias struck out, and Anthony Gose lined out to shortstop as the Tigers are six outs away from their fifth loss in six games.
Bottom 6th: Rays 5, Tigers 1
Curt Casali is the newest Tiger killer.
Casali, who was the number nine hitter last night and the number seven hitter tonight, just went deep for the second time off of David Price and has put together his second consecutive multi-home run game.
Price got a measure of revenge on Asdrubal Cabrera as he got the former Cleveland Indian to bounce out for the second out of the inning, but he wasn't able to avenge himself against Casali, who is just dialed in at the plate right now.
This is the first time Price has given up five runs in a game since May 8th. He's at 108 pitches right now, and is presumably done for the night. Here's his line: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 2 BB
Top 6th: Rays 4, Tigers 1
J.D. Martinez struck out on a pitch outside of the strike zone that wasn't even as close as the "balls" David Price has been throwing all night. Martinez was not happy with the call, but kept his cool when talking with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
Nick Castellanos drew a one-out walk before James McCann grounded into an inning-ending double play, and if that's the end for Jake Odorizzi (101 pitches), he's done a solid job against the Tigers tonight. Here's his line: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 8 K, 1 BB
Bottom 5th: Rays 4, Tigers 1
It hasn't been a typical David Price start, but the Tigers ace turned a leadoff walk to Joey Butler into an Evan Longoria double play en route to a solid fifth inning.
Price is just missing with his fastball on the outside. It looks like he's placing them just inside the strike zone, but it's been a small one all night from home plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
Price has thrown 90 pitches through five innings, and a number like that from the lefty usually spells trouble.
Top 5th: Rays 4, Tigers 1
Ian Kinsler reached via a two-out infield single, and Yoenis Cespedes did the same after Tim Beckham made an amazing grab at shortstop but there was no one available to cover second base thanks to the shift the Rays were using. Nothing came of it all, though, as Victor Martinez grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Rays 4, Tigers 1
Asdrubal Cabrera has returned in a big way from the disabled list to haunt the Tigers, doubling off of David Price and bringing home Steven Souza, who ripped a leadoff double past Nick Castellanos at third base to leadoff the inning.
And before you think it ends there, let me stop you.
Curt Casali, who homered twice last night hitting out of the number nine spot, drilled a two-run homer to left field in the very next at-bat.
David Price bounced back to get the next three outs in order, but the damage is done and the Tigers are in trouble.
Top 4th: Tigers 1, Rays 1
Perhaps Jake Odorizzi wasn't quite ready to just roll through the Tigers lineup tonight, but he still impressed despite giving up a game-tying home run.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his second long ball in as many nights by going deep to right field to leadoff the fourth inning.
After Odorizzi picked up his fifth strikeout of the night by getting Victor Martinez to go down swinging, J.D. Martinez picked up his second hit of the night with a single to center field. Nick Castellanos followed with a single through the left side of the infield, and J.D. hustled his way to third base, coming in safely and allowing Castellanos to move up to second.
With runners on second and third with one out, Odorizzi struck out James McCann and Alex Avila to end the inning.
If you weren't able to keep up, that's two consecutive innings that Odorizzi has struck out the side. He has seven on the night.
Bottom 3rd: Rays 1, Tigers 0
Now that's more like it.
David Price had a quick and easy third inning, setting the Rays down in order. He was able to get his pitch count under control by throwing just five pitches in the third. That's a very good sign that he's ready to settle into this game and do battle with Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Top 3rd: Rays 1, Tigers 0
Jose Iglesias, Anthony Gose and Ian Kinsler all went down via the strikeout against Jake Odorizzi, who has definitely settled into a nice groove on the mound.
Trouble is brewing for the Tigers right now. They need David Price to keep this game close because I don't think they're getting much off of Tampa's young stud here tonight.
Bottom 2nd: Rays 1, Tigers 0
The bottom of the Rays order strung together three hits on David Price in the second inning, but the Tigers ace was able to limit the damage and hold them to just a single run.
Asdrubal Cabrera (remember him?) hit a one-out double deep to left field that came up just short of a home run, and Curt Casali continued to haunt the Tigers by singling to left field to put runners on the corners for Tim Beckham. Beckham singled to left field to score the first run of the game.
Price got Kevin Kiermaier to pop out, and struck out Brandon Guyer to get out of the jam.
Price was forced to work hard in the second frame, and as a result his pitch count is elevated at 42.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Rays 0
J.D. Martinez took the first pitch of the inning and hit it high and deep to right field. Kevin Kiermaier appeared to be battling with the lights at Tropicana field, and as the ball appeared to switch directions on him, Kiermaier lunged at the ball as it fell in front of him and to the ground. By rule, if the ball hit the catwalk, it should have been a home run. Apparently, though, no one saw it hit a catwalk and there was no good replay that showed it doing just that. Martinez had hustled his way to third base, and there he stayed.
Nick Castellanos popped out on the first pitch he saw. Keep in mind, this is a point where he should have had a little more concentration in trying to get Martinez home. James McCann did slightly better, hitting the ball on a line to left field, but it wasn't deep enough for Martinez to come home. Alex Avila worked himself into a full count, but flew out to left field to end the inning.
Martinez continues to rake for this team. It's a sad state of affairs for the Tigers right now, and perhaps nothing is more evidence of that than not being able to score a leadoff triple.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Rays 0
David Price got Brandon Guyer to pop out on the first pitch, but he issued a walk to Joey Butler in the next at-bat.
With a man on, Price won the showdown with Evan Longoria by getting the Rays third baseman to fly out to center field with a 2-2 change up on the outside part of the plate. Logan Forsythe did the same thing to end the inning.
It looks like a tight strike zone from home plate umpire Mike Estabrook tonight. If it were extended a bit, Price probably would've had an easy 1-2-3 inning. As it is, he got out of the first having thrown 16 pitches.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Rays 0
Ian Kinsler struck out looking at a pitch that looked low in the zone, and the Tigers went down in order in the first inning against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Yoenis Cespedes lined out to short, and Victor Martinez popped out to end the inning.
The good news here is that the Tigers battled through some at-bats and didn't allow Odorizzi to have an exceptionally quick inning as Nathan Karns did last night. Odorizzi threw 19 pitches in the first inning.
1. Brandon Guyer, LF
2. Joey Butler, DH
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Logan Forsythe, 1B
5. Steven Souza Jr., RF
6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
7. Curt Casali, C
8. Tim Beckham, 2B
9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
SP: Jake Odorizzi (5-6, 2.85 ERA), RHP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
3. Victor Martinez, DH
4. J.D. Martinez, RF
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. Alex Avila, 1B
8. Jose Iglesias, SS
9. Anthony Gose, CF
SP: David Price (9-3, 2.31 ERA), LHP