Saturday, February 26, 2011

It Takes Three...

The Bucs had the third out blues late today, and it cost them big time as they went down 9-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays.

With the game tied 2-2, Daniel McCutchen had the bases juiced and two outs in the seventh. He went up 0-2 on Robinson Chirinos and instead of wasting a pitch, he stayed around the dish and saw his ball ripped into a bases-clearing double.

In the eighth with Justin Thomas on the hill, Josh Fields' two-out boot of a routine roller to third gave the Rays an extra out, and four runs ended up scoring in the frame.

Welcome to Bucco baseball, Clint Hurdle.

Charlie Morton and Brad Lincoln did OK in two inning stints. Morton got a pair of DP balls and Lincoln gave up a run on a dinger. Ronny Cedeno, Jose Tabata, Garrett Atkins and Ryan Doumit had RBIs in the loss.

They'll tackle the Rays again at McKechnie Field tomorrow.

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