Eduardo A. Encina’s takeaways from the Rays’ 6-5 loss to Orioles

A little extra pop needed; opener strategy works, then doesn’t; former Rays farmhand does damage again.
The Rays' Hunter Wood pitches during the second inning against the Orioles on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Tropicana Field. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
The Rays' Hunter Wood pitches during the second inning against the Orioles on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Tropicana Field. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published April 18

The way the Rays are hitting, there’s no reason to believe they can’t rally in a close game. They just needed a little extra oomph Thursday. In the sixth, Brandon Lowe drove a ball to the warning track and Mike Zunino just missed a homer down the leftfield line.

The opener strategy isn’t going to look spectacular some nights, especially when the Rays are employing it on three straight days. Hunter Wood did his part with two scoreless innings, but Jalen Beeks labored. Still, it was good enough to be in a position to win late.

Joey Rickard still haunts his old organization. The former Rays farmhand, swiped by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft a few years ago, has 31 RBIs against the Rays in 35 games, including driving in the go-ahead run in the 11th Thursday. He only has 34 RBIs against all other teams combined.

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