Rays fail to finish, fall to Twins 2-1

[image-1]Starter David Price looked solid through eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits. This should be enough of an effort to bring home a win on any given night, but the Rays fell back into that bad habit of stranding runners in scoring position. Price struggled with control but managed to find it when he needed it until the seventh inning. He struck out six batters and managed to lower his ERA in defeat.

The Rays out-hit the Twin 9-4 but couldn’t manage to string them together at the right time; the Twins' three hits in the seventh were enough to tie and take the lead for good. Sean Rodriguez singled and Brignac struck out in the top half of the frame but moved into first base on the wild pitch, something I’ve never actually seen happen live, but Zobrist popped the next pitch for an easy out, eliminating the scoring chance.

This one wasn’t exactly a heartbreaker, but it’s certainly disappointing to see the team build up so much steam over the last three games and come out so flat. Wade Davis will get the start in Saturday’s afternoon game. Hopefully he can continue with his impressive performance in last Sunday’s losing effort to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Rays can regain some of the swagger they showed over this past week.

In a game reminiscent of Thursday night’s come-from-behind win, the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t manage to get it done this time, as the ninth inning heroics did not show up in the 2-1 loss at Minnesota. The Rays once more entered the final frame down a run and a two-out single ignited hope in the hearts of Rays fans watching at home again. But Carl Crawford, the man who made it happen Thursday, grounded into the final out of a frustrating loss.

This game kicked off looking great, with Crawford and Evan Longoria doubling back-to-back , and Crawford scoring to take an early lead. The offense was sparse, but the Rays’ defense kept a stranglehold on the fragile lead with impressive play from Ben Zobrist and Reid Brignac. Brignac gunned down Danny Valencia at the plate during an early scoring attempt in the third inning and Big Ben continued making highlight reel catches in center field while B.J. Upton sits out.

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