The Tampa Bay Rays lost the series finale to the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 5-0 on Wednesday. David Price had a pretty good outing amidst all the trade rumors, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a dismal offensive performance. His final line was 7 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2. The Rays offense couldn’t solve Yovani Gallardo and were only able to muster 4 hits off of him. Only Logan Forsythe was able to reach base twice in the game.
The Rays had a scoring chance early in the 1st inning with runners on first and third and only one out, but Evan Longoria grounded into a double play to end the threat. David Price ran into trouble in the top of 2nd inning by loading the bases and Martin Maldonado singled in the first two runs of the game with a bloop to center field. In the top of the 3rd, the first two hitters reached base and Aramis Ramirez singled in Jonathan Lucroy to put the Brewers up 3-0.
Martin Maldonado would continue to burn the Rays with a double to score Mark Reynolds in the top of the 6th and then again with a single to score Khris Davis in the 8th to cap off the scoring for the Brewers. The Rays were able to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th but were unable to score to cap off a dismal offensive performance.
The Rays have an off-day tomorrow and it will also signal the trade deadline. There’s still a chance David Price could be traded but it seems unlikely at this point. Come Friday we will know for sure. The Rays take on the Angels on Friday at 7:10 PM EST. Jeremy Hellickson will get the start and will be opposed by Matt Shoemaker.