Street. Petersburg – Tuesday night was very frustrating for the rays, but looks like it could have been worse.
They lost to the Astros, 5-0, and lost two games behind the Blue Jays in NBA Wild Card Racing. Their squad was not delayed in the fifth inning and closed for the second consecutive night at Tropicana Field, the first consecutive closing since August 11-12, 2017. And ace Shane McClanahan He came off the pile with a coach as a plate appeared in the fifth inning of his second start from the 15-day injured list.
The last point seems to be the biggest concern, but McClanahan allayed some potential concerns afterwards. The left All-Star was removed due to tightness/cramps in the left side of his neck, not a recurrence of the left shoulder injury that sent him to IL, and he believes he will be ready to make his next start.
“I fought to stay in the game. I feel fine now. I felt fine after five seconds,” McClanahan said. [in the] In mid-September, I respect the precautionary measure. … I’m ready to get back out there and help this team win.”
McClanahan walked Jose Altuff to start in fifth, then threw three straight balls down the hit zone to Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña. McClanahan appeared to grouch and twist his neck after he threw a change during that sequence, which drew manager Kevin Cash and first assistant coach Mike Sandoval from the bunker of the house into the hill.
McClanahan seemed to tell Cash, “I’m fine” on the hill, but left for Sandoval’s side after a short conversation. As Cash later pointed out, “I’d rather be proactive than not.” McClanahan was replaced by right-handed Shaun Armstrong, who continued to walk Peña.
“He was very adamant that he didn’t want to go out. He wasn’t happy about it. But we’re trying to make the best decision,” Cash said. I think we all understand how important he is to our club.”
And in light of recent events, why would the rays be so cautious.
It was McClanahan scratched From its start on August 30 in Miami just minutes before the scheduled play date and Landed on the injured list The next day due to a left shoulder collision. served a period of at least 15 days, back to the pile Last Thursday in Toronto, he said he was in full force and on Monday said he felt “normal”.
After leaving Tuesday’s game, McClanahan did not immediately return to the Rays’ club for treatment, an indication as clear as any that he wasn’t overly concerned about moving forward with his situation. Instead, he stood next to coach Kyle Snyder as the half went on.
“Just a little tweak, whatever you want to call it. I tried to stretch it, and it felt fine,” McClanahan said. [exercised] Caution galore, but I think it was the right move.”
Prior to this, catch Francisco Mejia noted that McClanahan was “trying to find his leadership” as he allowed four runs in his first three rounds against the Astros. The All-Star player has thrown 67 percent of his pitches for strikes this season, but only 45 of his 80 pitches were strikes on Tuesday. He walked his career by four strokes. He was charged with five high-profile runs overall, including one that allowed Armstrong to score in fifth.
McClanahan caused only two swing strokes on 19 swings during his first ride through the Houston lineup and five whiffs on 52 throws during his first three rounds. He looked like he bounced back in fourth, scoring three hits about one walk, and then left after a 10th throw in the fifth.
“I’m obviously disappointed. In mid-September we’re in a playoff, I want to be better than that,” McClanahan said.
McClanahan should have been nearly perfect, though, given the way Houston stifled the Tampa Bay lineup. The Rays’ first hit was Christian Bethancourt’s fifth single, and they didn’t get a runner-up for third until they loaded the bases with a ninth one. But Ryan Pressley closed that run, expanding the Rays’ goal-free streak to 20 runs.
“We couldn’t get the final blow. These are things that are going to happen in baseball,” Bethancourt said. We have to make some adjustments.”