All eyes were on Myers in his first appearance at Kauffman Stadium since being traded as a minor league player from the Royals to the Rays during the offseason. On Monday afternoon, Myers went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He previously played at Kauffman Stadium in the 2012 Futures Game as a part of the Royals’ minor league system.
The Rays’ offense was strongest during the top of the fourth inning as Matt Joyce hit a leadoff double and later scored off of James Loney‘s single. Later, with Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escobar on base, the Rays failed to drive in more runs during the inning. Following that half of the inning, manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing over balls and strikeouts with home plate umpire Greg Gibson. The only other hit the Rays had after scoring in the fourth was another double by Matt Joyce in the eighth inning.
Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson‘s struggles continued, as he gave up seven hits and threw 68 pitches in 2.2 innings on Monday afternoon. He quickly gave up three singles and one run in the first inning. His only strikeout of the game came in the second inning against Jarrod Dyson. But the third inning quickly turned detrimental for Hellickson, giving up four runs, three singles, one double, and walking one batter before being replaced by reliever Cesar Ramos.
Ramos quickly struck out Jarred Dyson to end the third inning. However, he had difficulty in the sixth inning, giving up 5 runs and one home run to the relentless Royals.
Monday’s game marks the fifth loss in Hellickson’s last six starts, and Hellickson has failed to last five or more innings in each of those five losses.
Overall, the Rays pitching staff gave up 13 hits, four walks, two home runs, and threw only four strikeouts against the Royals. However, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up one run, six hits, three walks, threw five strikeouts, but in five innings. Kansas City’s pitching staff gave up seven hits and delivered eight strikeouts against the Rays.
The Rays are now 1.5 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings. On Tuesday, the Rays start a three-game home series at Tropicana Field against the Angels.