Monday, January 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays strike out 23 times, lose to Red Sox in 10 (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays finished their home schedule Sunday with a display of offensive futility that rivaled every poor day at the plate in franchise history. Major-league history, too.

The Rays (65-90) struck out a franchise-record 23 times in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. Included was a run of 11 straight strikeouts, the most by a major-league team in one game. The record was 10 on April 22, 1970, by the Padres against the Mets' Tom Seaver.

The 23 strikeouts were also a team record for Red Sox pitching.

"They went on a strikeout run and we just had a tough time putting the ball in play," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Rays 1B Richie Shaffer hit a sacrifice fly off LHP Eduardo Rodriguez for the second out in the second inning. What followed were 16 strikeouts, with a hit-by-pitch (CF Kevin Kiermaier) and a walk to DH Curt Casali mixed in. The next Ray to put a ball in play was 2B Logan Forsythe when he led off the eighth with a single off RHP Matt Barnes 2 hours, 11 minutes after Shaffer's sacrifice fly.

The 11 straight began against Rodriguez after Casali's walk in the fourth and was ended by RHP Heath Hembree in the seventh.

"It was a frustrating day for everybody," C Luke Maile said.

It was particularly frustrating for Maile, who dropped the ball while trying to tag 2B Dustin Pedroia in the 10th inning.

Pedroia tried to score from first base on a double to right-center by DH David Ortiz. Forsythe's relay to the plate beat Pedroia by 10 feet, but Pedroia jumped over Maile's tag, then jumped again as Maile spun and made a second attempt. It appeared Maile then did tag Pedroia on the thigh, but the ball rolled out of the oversized catcher's mitt he was wearing because knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa was pitching.

Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook called Pedroia safe. Cash challenged the call. It was confirmed by replay.

"From what I heard, maybe the ball was coming loose as Maile tagged him," Cash said.

"I don't really remember when it came out," Maile said. "It's a play you got to make."

'PAPI' HONORED: Retiring Ortiz asked that the planned pregame ceremony honoring his career be cancelled in the wake of the death of Marlins RHP and former Alonso High standout Jose Fernandez in a boating accident early Sunday.

Instead, 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer met Ortiz before the game and presented him with an oil painting of Ortiz crossing the plate after hitting his 500th home run at Tropicana Field last September. The Rays also gave Ortiz 34 (his number) handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and made a $5,000 donation in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg and the USF Latino Scholarship Program.

"I'm going to miss competing against 'Longo' and Archer. … That organization is in great hands with those two," Ortiz said. "They went out of their way to honor me, and that's something I'm never going to forget about."

NOTEWORTHY: RHP Jake Odorizzi had his shortest outing (three innings) since Sept. 24, 2014, at Boston (also three). … Longoria tied his career season high with his 169th hit. … Kiermaier left the game with a bruised wrist after being hit by the pitch. … The Rays drew 1,286,163 in 81 home games for a game average of 15,879. That's a 3 percent increase over the 1,247,668 they drew last season. … The Rays are a season-worst 25 games under .500. They have 90 losses for the first time since 2007. They were 36-45 at home.

   
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