Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Jays 6, Rays 2: Notes from a sloppy loss
Posted May 22, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The dome field advantage is a distant memory now for the Rays, who followed a 10-game home winning streak with losses in six of their last eight home games.
Monday’s 6-2 loss to the visiting Blue Jays was of the sloppy variety.
The Rays committed three errors – including two in the eighth inning – and handed the Jays four unearned runs.
The Rays have committed 15 errors in their last 10 games and 38 through the first 43 games of this season. Those are the second-most in team history through 43 games since the 2007 Devil Rays committed 39.
The miscues served to undermine a solid effort by Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but lost for the first time in his past 14 regular season starts.
Here are some other tidbits from a lost night at the Trop …
—B.J. Upton hit the first Trop aided home run of his career when his fly ball to center field in the first inning was, after further review, found to have struck something hanging from the roof behind the B-ring catwalk. Upton did hit a catwalk against Josh Beckett of the Red Sox during Game 6 of the 2008 ALCAS.
—Matt Joyce has seven walks in his last six games (five starts). He had just 10 walks in his first 35 games this season.
—In last five games, Carlos Peña is 0-for-16. He is batting .116 with one home run and five RBI this month.
—Ben Zobrist has two hits in his last 16 at-bats and was caught stealing second after both hits.
—Peña was out on strikes after bunting a third pitch foul during the eighth inning. It was the third time he’s done that this season, the most on the team. The Rays have done that seven times with Elliot Johnson (2), Jose Molina and Chris Gimenez joining Peña.
That’s the most times a team has done that since the 1991 Tigers.