Source: Tampa Tribune
The news before the series finale had the eighth-inning setup man headed for a suspension and the team's home run leader likely headed to the disabled list. Surely the Tampa Bay Rays had better afternoons than the one they experienced Thursday.
Then the Rays played the Washington Nationals in the wrap-up of this interesting three-game series in the nation's capital.
Surely, the Rays had better nights, too.
They left the bases loaded twice, fumbled around with the ball a couple of times, had to pinch-hit too early for Matt Moore and eventually lost, 5-3.
The Rays committed another error, by third baseman Drew Sutton. That was the physical error.
B.J. Upton held on to the ball a little too long in the third inning, allowing the tying run to score on a sacrifice fly that was actually more of a line drive to not-too-deep center field.
Also, Carlos Peña, the cutoff man on Ian Desmond's go-ahead RBI single later that inning, held on to the ball while Desmond continued to second. That didn't cost the Rays a run, but it didn't look good, either.
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