Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays fall to nemesis Carrasco, Indians

ST. PETERSBURG — At least Logan Morrison got a hit. Brad Miller, too.

Otherwise, the Rays didn't have much to show for another frustrating, offensively challenged night, losing 4-1 to Carlos Carrasco and the Indians on Wednesday night.

Morrison and Miller were two of the five new players brought in to boost the Rays offense but so far have contributed little. Morrison, after his fourth-inning single, is 2-for-25. Miller, who singled in the eighth, is 2-for-23.

Manager Kevin Cash said there was no timeframe for when the Rays would contemplate changes, but it was definitely too early, and he liked how they have been looking at the plate recently.

"We haven't even discussed it," Cash said. "These guys are going to get going. We don't have a doubt in our mind. All these guys are going to contribute."

The Rays (3-5) needed more against Carrasco, who held them to only Morrison's single into the eighth, and just four hits and the one run overall.

"Really, really sharp," Cash said. "Wipeout off-speed pitches to go along with 97 (mph fastball) that he's locating is going to make it rough for any lineup."

Then again, they've seen this kind of performance from Carrasco before. Better, actually. On July 1, 2015, he held them hitless two outs into the ninth, striking out 13, before Joey Butler spoiled his no-hit bid.

Wednesday, before a Tropicana Field crowd of 10,117, Rays lefty Drew Smyly started just as good, matching Carrasco by retiring the first nine on his way to career high-matching 11 strikeouts.

But Smyly had some trouble in the fourth, and a questionable play behind him made it worse as the Indians took a 3-0 lead.

The Indians got one run on a soft double, a single and a fielder's choice grounder. A Mike Napoli double put Indians on second and third, which set up the key play.

Carlos Santana blooped a ball to shallow right that would have been an easy play for rightfielder Brandon Guyer. But he was positioned deep and wasn't sure he would be able to get there in time, so he didn't call for the ball.

Instead, second baseman Logan Forsythe ran it down and made the catch with his back to the plate, then spun and fired wildly high, allowing both runs to score.

"I was running really fast, out of control," Guyer said. "But it was one of those where maybe I should call it earlier and definitely catch it because it's a much easier throw for me."

Cash, though, didn't see it as much of an issue.

"First of all, if Logan makes the throw, gets the throw down, we're going to talk about that as one of the best plays of the year," Cash said. "We ask our outfielders to play a little deeper. Brandon was playing deep. He does everything, he got a good jump on the ball, he just couldn't quite get there. It's a tricky play, it's a communication play."

The Rays had a flicker of hope in the eighth when Miller singled off Carrasco, Kevin Kiermaier replaced him at first after a fielder's choice and Casali doubled in their run. Forsythe followed with a single, but Casali was thrown out at the plate, Cash challenging and the call upheld.

It was that kind of night.

Rays fall to nemesis Carrasco, Indians 04/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  2. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  3. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  4. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  5. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'

    Blogs

    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.