Just three more games until Kevin Cash, Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays can put this nightmarish 2016 campaign to rest.
There’s just something about facing the Boston Red Sox that makes you feel better about things. Despite hitting just .231 with runners in scoring position, the Tampa Bay Rays walked away from Fenway Park with a series win under their collective belts. The Rays are now 4-2 against the Red Sox and 15-13 overall (14-14 Pythagorean Expectation). The team will return to the Big Top on Thursday where they’ll start a four-game set against the Texas Rangers.
Despite crossing the plate only twice in the 18 innings of what I like to call the losing sandwich (Wednesday and Thursday) — going 1-for-17 (.059) w/RISP — the Tampa Bay Rays offense came back to life Thursday night, tagging the Blue Jays for seven runs on 11 hits and five walks. The Trop dwellers were mightily productive, mashing three doubles, a triple, and their first homer of this very young season — a seventh inning three-run shot off the bat of Evan Longoria (career homer number 163, tying Carlos Pena for the franchise record). Chris Archer looked good in his first start of the season, slashing 6 IP/4 H/2 ER/2 BB/7 K on 98 pitches (60 for strikes). And though they didn’t win the first home series of the season, the Rays salvaged the four game set.