After being shut out in the first two games of the series, the Indians exploded for 13 runs Sunday against ace David Price.
After a shaky season debut last week, Price struggled right from the get-go in this game. After letting up 8 runs on 10 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts and two three-run home runs, he was knocked out of the game after just 5 innings (96 pitches). His command was simply awful throughout the entire tart, and Cleveland took advantage.
The bullpen, which had five different relievers make appearances in this game, also had a rough day. Kyle Farnsworth allowed two runs in an inning pitched and Brandon Gomes made his season debut surrendering a run in one inning.
Fernando Rodney made his second appearance of the year, and was just as bad as he was on Wednesday night. He let up two runs in 2/3 of an inning, serving up a two-run bomb to Carlos Santana.
What I noticed about Rodney so far this season is where he pushes off the pitching rubber. Last season, during his career year, Rodney shifted to the left side of the pitching rubber after pitching from the mid-right area of the mound in his previous years. His command has regressed in 2013, and I wouldn’t doubt that his positioning on the rubber has something to do with it.
Offensively, the Rays looked just as inept as they did pitching-wise Sunday against right-hander Justin Masterson. They stranded 10 men on base and collected just four hits. Masterson went seven strong, striking out eight batters.
The Rays begin a 10-game road trip in Arlington tonight, where they’ll kick off a three-game set against the Rangers. Jeremy Hellickson will try to rebound versus hard-throwing righty Alexi Ogando; 8:05 ET first pitch.
News and Notes:
- The Rays traded their second minor league catcher in a span of just four days. Robinson Chirinos was dealt to the Rangers earlier today in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
- AL East scores: The Blue Jays also fell 13-0, as Boston pounded R.A. Dickey behind Will Middlebrooks’ three homers. C.C. Sabathia’s excellent outing led the Yankees to a 7-0 victory over Detroit. And last but not least, the Orioles dropped the series finale to the Twins with a 4-3 loss.
- The Rays team bus experienced a minor accident on the road today on the way to the ballpark.
- Jeff Niemann’s season could be over.