Rays give up silly little league home run on A’s

Much of the Tampa Bay Rays’ success has come from excellent fundamentals and smart baseball. However, you wouldn’t know that if you look against the A’s.

After the first weekend of the 2022 MLB season, the Tampa Bay Rays were the only undefeated team in baseball. And with a series coming up against the Oakland A’s, a team expected to be among the worst in the league this year, it seemed like things could only get better.

But that is decidedly not the case. The Rays entered game four of the series Thursday at home to Oakland, trailing 2-1 in the series, and found themselves on the wrong end of a 13-2 blowout on Monday.

Somehow, however, they hit a new low in Thursday afternoon’s matchup.

In the second inning with two runners on board, Christian Pache, center fielder of A, placed a nice hit down center left that either Randy Arozarena or Kevin Kiermaier could have handled. Instead, Arozarena botched the groundball and saw him run all the way to the wall. This allowed the two runners to get to the plate. To make matters worse, Kiermaier rocked the pickup, allowing Pache to round the bases and give the Athletics a 3-0 lead early on.

A’s hit inside-the-park home run thanks to Ray’s mistakes

Officially, the game was scored as a single with one miss on Arozarena. At home, however, we like to call this a Little League home run. You know, when the youngsters can’t get the ball infield and the batter hits a proverbial inside-the-park home run.

The bleeding and suffering for Tampa Bay didn’t stop there. Oakland followed it up early as they built a 6-1 lead after five innings. A Brandon Lowe home run — the traditional route — helped bring it closer, but the Rays were still in serious danger of dropping the series to the low A’s.

With plays like this, it’s hard to say they even deserved to win the series. Rays give up silly little league home run on A’s

John Verrall

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