Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rays Lose In Extra Innings

The Rays continue to struggle against the Minnesota Twins as they fell 2-1 in ten innings on Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Rays have now lost 4 out of 5 games against the Twins this spring.

The Rays struck first by scoring in the third inning. Desmond Jennings singled home Jose Lobaton to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

The Twins tied the game in the fifth. Ben Revere single back to the mound and an errant throw by Kyle Farnsworth allowed Luke Hughes to score.

Then in the tenth inning, Hughes scored again to win the game for the Twins. This time he took an offering from Albert Suarez over the left field wall for a solo home run. The Rays could not counter in the home half of the tenth as they fell 2-1.

James Shields showed he is in opening day form as he pitched 4 shut-out innings, increasing his scoreless service to 10 innings this spring.

Suarez was charged with the loss for the Rays and is now 0-2 on the spring.

Notable Performances

  • Bryan Augenstein pitched a no-hit inning. 
  • Matt Bush pitched a no-hit inning. 
  • Desmond Jennings was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base. 
  • Jose Lobaton had a double. 
  • Cesar Ramos pitched a no-hit inning. 
  • James Shields pitched 4 scoreless innings. 
  • Matt Torra struck out 2 of 3 hitters faced in a no-hit inning. 
  •  Henry Wrigley was 1 for 1 in his MLB spring debut. 

A Look Ahead: The Rays travel north to Ed Smith Stadium for a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday afternoon. David Price is scheduled to start followed by Matt Moore, Burke Badenhop, Wilking Rodriguez and Ryan Reid. This will be Moore's first game of the spring after being sidelined with a pulled abdominal muscle.

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