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Tampa Bay Rays Game 4: 7-Run 7th Not Enough in Loss

By Joe Saunders
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The Tampa Bay Rays lost 10-9 in a wild walk-off fashion on Friday night. The Miami Marlins built up a sizeable lead but a frantic Rays’ comeback erased a 7-run deficit. After coming back once again in the 9th, the Marlins put the game away on a walk-off single.

Michael Morse got the scoring started with a single to left center to score a run in the bottom of the first. Steve Geltz got the start and threw 2 innings to begin what would be a long day for the pitching staff. In the 3rd, Morse brought a runner home once again but via a double play ball. Kevin Kiermaier got the Rays on the board with a solo shot to right in the top of the 4th.

Erasmo Ramirez then struggled in his outing and the bottom of the 4th inning is one inning he’d like to forget. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled in a run before 2-run hits from Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton plus an RBI single by Morse brought the score to 8-1 Miami. Then, in the 7th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays fought back.

Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier each drew a bases loaded walk to bring the Rays back to trailing only 8-4. David DeJesus delivered the big knock in the form of a bases-loaded double off the wall, clearing the bases and putting the Rays within a run. Asdrubal Cabrera singled and scored DeJesus, tying the game. But the Rays wouldn’t get the go-ahead run.

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Ernesto Frieri came in to face Giancarlo Stanton in the 8th with the tying run at second and first base open. Instead of giving him a free pass, Frieri went at him and Stanton lined a 0-2 pitch up the middle, giving the Marlins the lead once more. Brandon Guyer started off the 9th with a double and ended up scoring on Asdrubal Cabrera’s fielder’s choice as Cabrera just beat the throw to first. However, Christian Yelich singled in Dee Gordon in the bottom of the 10th to end the game.

Some notable offensive performances include Asdrubal Cabrera, who went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s and Kevin Kiermaier, who went 2 for 4 with a home run and a pair of RBI’s. A big reason the Rays’ lost was the first four hitters in the Marlins’ lineup all had multi-hit games. Rene Rivera is now 0 for 16 on the season.

The Rays went through 8 pitchers on the night but nobody was taxed too much and aside from Geltz and Ramirez everyone should be available for tomorrow’s game. Every position player on the Rays’ roster made an appearance in the game. Matt Andriese and Mikie Mahtook both made their big league debuts on the night, with Andriese tossing a scoreless inning and Mahtook pinch-hitting unsuccessfully.

Defensively, Rivera made a nice play behind the plate getting the lead runner at second on a bunt. Desmond Jennings stole his first base of the season as well. It was an extremely hard fought come back that ultimately fell short but you have to like the fight the Tampa Bay Rays put up late. This is the second time the Rays have had a game like this, and hopefully they will actually win the next one.

Chris Archer takes the mound tomorrow at Marlins Park at 4:10 PM EST. He will be opposed by Jarred Cosart.

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