Another Lopsided Loss, 8-1

W – Wade Davis (7-9)     L – Chris Tillman (1-4)

The second half of the season is starting off as bad as the first half did. Chris Tillman was coming off a no hit bid where he pitched excellently for seven plus innings. Unfortunately he couldn’t back that up and joined his buddy Brian Matusz with a quick exit in back to back games. Matusz couldn’t make it out of the 2nd inning on Sunday and Tillman was pulled from the game during the 3rd inning last night. The first two innings went pretty well, one run scored in the second, but things got ugly in the 3rd. A single led off the inning, then he hit Carlos Pena with a pitch before Matt Joyce doubled in a run. A walk loaded the bases, another walk scored a run, and a single scored two more. Sean Rodriguez laid down a safety squeeze to score a run while he was out at first. After Tillman got the second out Carl Crawford sent a triple into right center field to score the Rays seventh run of the game. Matt Albers was brought on in relief and he immediately gave up a single to finish Tillman’s line at 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. But after that Albers was in top form, as he has been lately, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings. He didn’t give up another hit after the first batter he faced, although he did walk two batters and struck out four. David Hernandez, Koji Uehara, and Alfredo Simon each pitched a scoreless inning so the bullpen didn’t get too worn out despite the early exit.

Theres not much to say about the offense again. We scored a run in the 5th when Cesar Izturis singled in a run after Scott Moore walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Craig Tatum’s single. Izturis and Tatum each had two hits in the game and Cesar was also hit by a pitch. Again we were terrible with runners in scoring position, going 1-7. Ty Wiggington doubled while Felix Pie and Luke Scott each singled for the rest of our offense. Yet again Josh Bell didn’t play. I can’t wait for either Brian Roberts to come back so we can send Bell back to AAA to get everyday at bats or Miguel Tejada gets traded so he can get them at the major league level. I also can’t wait until we get Buck Showalter in here.

Player of the game: Matt Albers – 3.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (4.31 ERA)

Jake Arrieta (3-2, 4.38) needs to go at least five or six innings tonight to help the bullpen out. Oriole killer Matt Garza (10-5, 4.05) pitches for Tampa Bay.

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