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Tampa Bay Rays Game 13: Steven Souza’s Efforts Insufficient

By Robbie Knopf

The Tampa Bay Rays have been swept by the New York Yankees, the worst result that the team could have experienced in the series. At the very least, though, the three-game set’s final contest ended on a much more positive note. The Tampa Bay Rays could not overcome Matt Andriese‘s struggles as they lost 5-3, but that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story of the game.

Andriese lasted 3.1 innings allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, striking out 1 while walking 2. He didn’t look terrible–at least compared to a guy like Erasmo Ramirez–but he also does not look like a major league starting pitcher right now. Andriese needs more time at Triple-A, and with Rays starters like Drew Smyly and Alex Colome not too far away from returning, that is set to happen before long.

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Other negatives in the game included a mediocre outing by Steve Geltz and Evan Longoria‘s 0-for-4 day, albeit with no strikeouts. The better news starts with Steven Souza. Souza drilled a two-run homer off Michael Pineda in the first inning and finished 3 for 5 with 3 RBI, and a run scored. Souza has really found his groove the last few games and is looking like the player that the Rays were so excited to acquire. Let’s see if he can keep this up.

David DeJesus also had another nice game, going 1 for 2 with a walk and 2 runs scored to raise his average to .417 on the young season. Ryan Brett, meanwhile, is hitting .500 after he came up with his first big league hit. With the Rays down by two runs in the ninth inning, Brett came to the plate against Yankees relief ace Andrew Miller and drilled a rocket to left for a double. Brett picked a great time for his first hit and hopefully it will be a sign of things to come for him.

Finally, after the Rays’ relief corps collapsed entirely on Saturday, Sunday was an entirely different story. Brandon Gomes had a nice first appearance back with the team, going 2 shutout innings allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 2. Ernesto Frieri continued his quest to avoid Grant Balfour‘s fate by going 1.1 scoreless innings working around a hit and a walk with 2 strikeouts. And even Ramirez came in to pitch the ninth and tossed a perfect frame. Relief might suit him just fine.

The loss drops the Tampa Bay Rays to 6-7 on the season, and they’ll have an off-day at home to think about it. Their next game will be on Tuesday at 7:10 PM against the Boston Red Sox with Chris Archer set to be on the mound.

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