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Rays 3, White Sox 2: Offense still MIA

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The White Sox couldn't put anything together against Matt Moore and lose their first series of the season in Tampa.

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Matt Moore out-dueled Jose Quintana on Sunday as the Rays defeated the White Sox 3-2 to take the series. Moore struck out 10 on the day. The heart of the order looked especially poor against Moore, as Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier and Jerry Sands went 0-11 with nine strikeouts on the day. Frazier had the golden sombrero.

The one guy that has hit the ball the last two days was Brett Lawrie, who went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Lawrie's double in the seventh was followed up by an RBI single by Avisail Garcia to bring the Sox within one, but that was as close as they could get.

For the Rays, Brandon Guyer was a thorn in Quintana's side all day. He doubled in the first and came around to score the first run on a double by Steve Pearce. In the third, after a Logan Forsythe double and a wild pitch, Guyer struck again with an RBI single. Evan Longoria followed with a single of his own to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Quintana struck out Pearce and Desmond Jennings hit an infield fly to bring up Logan Morrison. It looked like Quintana was out of the inning when Morrison chopped a grounder to first, but Quintana missed the bag after Abreu fed him the ball allowing Guyer to score. Guyer finished the game 4-4.

Quintana wasn't the only guy that struggled to find first base as Matt Moore gifted the Sox with their first run. After Garcia led off the inning getting plunked, Moore struck out Dioner Navarro and Tyler Saladino. Adam Eaton followed with a chopper to first and he beat Moore to the bag because Moore stutter stepped twice before finding the back corner of the bag. The play was reviewed but it was clear that Eaton tied him. This set up Austin Jackson who shanked a single to right. Unfortunately, the threat ended when Abreu went down on strikes.

With the loss, the Sox have lost a series for the first time this year and have also lost back-to-back games for the first time.

Notes:

  • Matt Albers and Zach Duke pitched scoreless innings.
  • Jerry Sands was in the lineup for Melky Cabrera. Sands went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Cabrera pinch hit in the ninth and worked a walk to put the tying run on base.
  • The White Sox need someone on the bench that can steal a base. With Cabrera on first, it would have been fantastic to have a stolen base threat to pinch run and steal a bag to get in scoring position. That type of player is not on the roster.
  • Dioner Navarro gunned out Guyer  at second trying to steal and also threw behind Morrison at first to pick him off.
  • The Sox return home to face the Angels tomorrow as Carlos Rodon will square off against our old pal Hector Santiago.
Record: 8-4 | Box