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Tampa Bay Rays: Spring Rays remain winless after falling to Marlins

By Rylan Stiles
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with Tommy Pham #29 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park on February 24, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with Tommy Pham #29 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park on February 24, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays were handed yet another loss this Spring, this time at the hands of the Marlins

The Tampa Bay Rays started young pitcher Colin Poche who is trying to bounce back from his first Spring outing.

Poche, used in an opener role getting the starting nod today instead of coming out of the bullpen. Poche went an inning and retired the fish 1-2-3 to rebound nicely from his earlier outing.

Kevin Cash then went to Casey Sadler who went 1.1 innings and gave up two hits but did earn a pair of punchouts.

Oliver Drake was next in line to finish the third inning. The Marlins got a pair of runs to come across when Austin Dean singles to right field as Bryan Holaday and Yadiel Rivera scores.

The fish came around to score again when Brian Anderson reached base safely on an error by Daniel Robertson allowing Dean to come around.

Down by three runs, Drake finally got out of the third but the Tampa Bay Rays already trailed by three.

Drake was charged with one run, Sadler with a pair of runs. Luis Santos was handed the final two Rays runs on his resume.

The Rays would eventually go down 5-0 and were on the verge of getting shut out before Nathan Lukes grounded out to plate Michael Brosseau. In the 9th inning, the Rays second and only other run came across when Jake Smolinski hit a line drive to left field that scored Thomas Milone.

Offensively, Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 while Tommy Pham went one for three. The bats were silent again, and the pitching was sub-par.

Colin Poche provided the lone bright spot for the Rays, going a clean first inning and proving he has the stuff once he is settled in.

Up Next for the Tampa Bay Rays, they take on the Orioles at 1:05 EST for a radio only contest. Do not forget to check back for tomorrow’s game recap and follow along on Twitter!

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