Rays 6, White Sox 3: Big hit still elusive as skid reaches four

Based on a sample size of two starts, it seems like Davis Martin has a little bit of trouble settling into a start.

In his MLB debut against Kansas City on May 17, he survived a barrage of line drives in the first inning before a pair of doubles scored a run in the second. He kept KC scoreless the other three innings, so he could call it a success.

This time around, a better offense didn’t let him off the hook. He had a chance to sneak out of the first down only 1-0 after Ji-Man Choi’s one-out sac fly, but Harold Ramirez cashed in another run with a well-placed single through the middle, followed by a Randy Arozarena homer on an up-and-away fastball to give Tampa Bay all the runs it needed.

Again, Martin settled in and got into the sixth. He only struck out one, but he did a better job of avoiding barrels by leaning more on his secondary pitches the rest of the way. In fact, he ended up throwing more sliders (41) than fastballs (34), with all 11 whiffs coming on the breaking ball.

But unlike the Rays, who later scored two more runs in the seventh after two outs with a two-run double by Choi, the White Sox could not find the big hit. Sure, José Abreu homered, but it was only good for a solo shot that cut the Rays’ lead to 4-2 in the sixth.

Bigger opportunities didn’t yield bigger numbers. They had the bases loaded on Shane McClanahan with one out in the third, but could only score one run on a Yoán Moncada fielder’s choice. They had two on with one out in the seventh, but AJ Pollock grounded into a fielder’s choice and Andrew Vaughn struck out.

Then in the ninth, the Sox rallied off Shawn Armstrong, as Gavin Sheets, Vaughn and Moncada singled over the course of five batters to bring the tying run to the plate. Abreu fouled off a pair of center-cut cutters, but Armstrong bailed him out with a fastball that clipped his forearm to load the bases.

Up came Luis Robert, in came Colin Poche, and while Poche made a mistake with an 0-2 fastball, Robert could only foul it back. Another fastball a little higher ended it.

Bullet points:

*Both teams went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but the White Sox stranded 11 to the Rays’ five.

*Yasmani Grandal was charged with an error on a throw that skipped past Danny Mendick and into center field, but it didn’t lead to a run. He later cut down a runner on a SHOTHO.

*Pollock’s fielder’s choice in the seventh inning was preceded by a taken strike one, during which a ball escaped Tampa Bay’s bullpen and rolled about 30 feet from the batter’s box. His pleas about the distraction fell on deaf ears.

*The Twins found a way to beat the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, so the Sox are now six back in the Central. Cleveland also won, so the Sox are in third by 1½ games.

Record: 23-27 | Box score | Statcast

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As Cirensica

How long before the Tigers pass us? Just 3 games separate us.

dongutteridge

Look at the amount of players Detroit has on the IL along with team-wide underperformances. How in the world can they be only 3 behind the Sox?

If only the Sox had a chance to hire A.J. Hunch.

itaita

Im fully expecting this losing streak to reach 9 games so not too long as long as the Tigers play just okay.

JimMargalusBiggestFan

Dearest Kiddo,

New ownership awaits down yonder. Today was a good day, as today is now over.

Sincerely,

JimMargalusBiggestFan

dsbatt

What is TLR saving the bullpen for? Why do we constantly see the worst relievers that make a difficult comeback of 1 or 2 runs almost impossible? I guess Graveman was to worn out from staying home last series.

calcetinesblancos

The Russa is reaching Matt Nagy levels of being universally loathed. He’s being openly mocked daily on sports radio for his stupid decisions and nonsensical lineups and it’s not the usual whining; it’s
people being confused as to what he’s thinking or trying to achieve.

As Cirensica

2022 White Sox, when high leverage innings are those we are down 2 or 3 runs.. So sad.

Augusto Barojas

As I said on the other thread, my highest hope is that they lose the next 5 vs the Rays and Dodgers to get to 9 under. And by some miracle of divine mercy, the Sox have a new manager by Father’s day.

ParisSox

White Sox Baseball : come for the hope of winning, stay for the hope of losing.

Last edited 27 days ago by ParisSox
Esteban

You mean new GM?

Just John

Girardi?

Esteban

Oh, no. Find somebody else.

Augusto Barojas

I’ll take any functioning adult under the age of 70. There is literally no one who has ever been worse than the Russa.

Esteban

Right, but not Girardi

Augusto Barojas

He would not be my first choice but no argument can be made that he would not be massively better than TLR, as literally anybody would.

calcetinesblancos

If you would have told me that any manager could make Ozzie look appealing to me by comparison, I would have patted your head and told you it was time for bed.

calcetinesblancos

Sucks when neither us or the team is having fun. This team needs new blood on the field and in the dugout. One bright spot was indeed Martin’s ability to hang on and keep going. I’ll be interested to see what he does if he gets another start.

Malkatraz

I read that as ‘this team needs blood spilled in the dugout.’ And I agree.

LamarHoyt_oncrack

Grandal sucks. Garcia sucks. Harrison sucks. Moncada sucks. McGuire sucks. Pollock sucks. Sheets sucks. Engel sucks. Eloy sucks. Bummer sucks. Reinsdorf sucks. La Russa sucks. Hahn sucks.

Their hitting sucks sucks. Their defense sucks. Their proneness to injuries sucks. Their minor league system sucks.

Every offseason sucks. Their refusal to sign any top tier free agents sucks. Their decision making sucks.

With the 10th best record in the AL, I like their chances.

Esteban

At this point the White Sucks

Esteban

TB team is a good example, low payroll, without big names, pitchers dominate rival batters, otherwise Cash relieves them, players do their work with fun. It’s another environment. Wander and Brandon Lowe are in IL, but those replacing them do their work. It will be tough for WSox to beat TB, and after, for the dessert, they’ll have the Dodgers, a heavyweight team. TLR is a disaster together with Cairo, Katz and Menechino.

chipporter

I think you may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater by including Katz in that list.