Pathetic? Hopeless? How would you sum up Tampa Bay Rays' collapse?
In a seventh-run ninth inning, a hit off reliever Jason Isringhausen ruined the much-awaited season debut for Tampa Bay starter David Price, who was staked to the early lead but ran his pitch count up and lasted only 3-1/3 innings.
The Rays had taken a 10-0 lead in the fourth, giving David Price a nice cushion, but the largest collapse in club history included seven runs in the ninth, six with two outs. In the rally, Rays relievers walked five, with veteran Jason Isringhausen walking three, one with the bases loaded, before giving up the two-run single to Martinez.
"Just a bad night; I couldn't find the plate," Isringhausen said.
Tampabay.com readers are calling it much worse than a bad night:
"Hilarious. Pathetic," wrote Carole from Seminole. "Maybe they need to start pulling some of us out of the stands to pitch. We aren't Major League pitchers, but obviously some of those fellas ain't either. Wow, how sad is that. Surely the other players resent these pitchers."
Brian from Clearwater commented: "I want to try out for the closer spot. I think I got talent!"
"Why is the bullpen still wearing Rays jerseys? They should all be wearing the opposing team's jersey from now on," wrote P from Riverview.
"Wow, I went to bed when it was 10-4 going into the 9th. Talk about shock in reading this!" wrote Scott from New York. "I wonder if we could put Price in the bullpen the rest of the year, or at least after Kaz comes back. It has gotten that hopeless with the rest of the guys."
Bill from St. Petersburg sees the bright side: "The Rays "DID" set a new record!"
Wow from Lutz had one word to describe the night: "Pathetic, simply pathetic. That pesky devil is back it seems. Seriously, this is beyond pathetic."
Your take? What's one word you would use to describe last night's collapse?