The Rays lost their second game of a three game series to the Chicago White Sox Friday night in a 4-5 defeat.
Chicago’s Jake Peavy struck out two in the top of the first inning and gave up a walk to Kelly Johnson in the second inning. Matt Joyce delivered the action early, hitting a solo shot to right field in the third inning, with the Rays’ starting pitcher, Roberto Hernandez, striking out two batters in the bottom of the inning.
However, the White Sox’s bats came alive in the bottom of the inning as Alex Rios scored Chicago’s first run of the night after stealing second base with Adam Dunn at bat. Chicago kept up the excitement as both Hector Gimenez and Conor Gillaspie hit single run homeruns in the following two innings, giving Chicago a 5-3 lead.
In the eighth inning, Rays reliever Brandon Gomes delivered a strong performance, striking out two batters. The Rays kept their hopes up as Jose Molina scored off of Matt Joyce’s single in the ninth inning, but the Rays failed to tie the game.
Friday night marked Hernandez’s fourth loss of the season, giving him a 5.28 ERA, as he struggled with his location throughout the night. Hernandez got his first win of the season on Sunday against the Oakland A’s, while pitching six strong innings. Hernadez faced Chicago in six innings on Friday, giving up 5 runs, 3 homeruns, and 5 strikeouts. Friday night marked the first time Hernandez has given up 3 home runs in a single game during his career.
Peavy fared slightly better, giving up 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 homeruns, and 6 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. The Rays pitching staff had 7 strikeouts total, while Chicago’s pitchers threw 9 strikeouts during the evening.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria tied Carlos Pena for the organization’s all time RBI record with 468 RBIs after hitting 1 RBI on Friday night. Carl Crawford holds the record with 592 RBIs while playing for the Rays.
Utility player Ben Zobrist played shortstop for the third night in a row after Yunel Escobar left Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees with hamstring tightness. Escobar is listed as day to day on the disabled list.