Chris Archer and Nick Martinez, both starting pitchers for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers, respectively, played long innings. But Archer took a little long, and that resulted to Rays 5-4 defeat against the Rangers on Thursday night.
The Rangers went on to win 4 in a row as Elvis Andrus drove a 2-run single in a 4-run second innings, in which Archer threw 44 pitches. Archer skipped a strike 3 in the dirt to avoid catcher Bobby Wilson with 2 outs and with score tied at 0-0, allowing Roughned Odor to reach the base.
“Eighty percent of my games have been overly dominant,” Archer pointed out, “and prior to tonight, in the ones I wasn’t overly dominant, I felt good because I was in the zone more and actually gave my team a chance. But tonight I didn’t feel like I did my job at all.”
The ball hit Wilson’s wrist, giving Odor the opportunity to reach first base safely.
“I feel bad about it, because it’s not one of those situations where you’re being lazy,” Wilson later said. “I got to the right position, and it was one of those short ones. It happens in that game. I feel bad for Arch, because we’re out of that inning and it turned into a big inning for them.”
Andrus took a single off Archer to grab 4-0 lead for the Rangers. In his 31-3 innings, Andrus (3-4) produced 5 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks.
Alex Claudio (1-0) notched up a 11-3 innings for his first Major League Victory.
Martinez in his 42-3 innings gave-up 3 runs and six hits.
The turn-out at Tropicana field hit the lowest 8,701 since May 23, 2007 against Seattle. NHL side Tampa Bay Lightnings played game 4 of Eastern Conference Semifinal in nearby Tampa against Montreal simultaneously in front of a sell-out crowd 19,204.