Another day, another throwing error by Escobar. In case you’re wondering, that’s three in two days — his second on a botched double play. Three of the opposing runs over the last two days can be directly contributed to two of those errors. #Fuuuuuuck
Two errors in the first inning alone. The Rays have erred in six consecutive games; they’re now just one game shy of tying the franchise record of seven consecutive games with an error, set in May 2012.

Rays 8/29/14 Starting Lineup

Jennings CF Zobrist 2B Joyce LF Longoria 3B Loney 1B Myers DH Escobar SS Hanigan C Kiermaier RF Archer RHP


The Rays committed errors in their last five games — the longest streak since May of 2012 when they committed errors in seven consecutive games. Of note: That was right after Longoria got hurt, and everyone was playing in different positions every night.

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I firmly blame this loss on Yunel Escobar, whose two errors directly contributed to three of the Orioles five runs. Without them, we’d be talking about a 4-2 win, not a 5-4 loss. Way to go Yuni, way to go.

Call it overpowering and/or dominant; Drew Smyly put together another excellent start Wednesday night, one in which he held the Baltimore Orioles to one run on two hits in his fourth consecutive plus-quality start as a Ray. And while they left a good amount of chicken on the bone — going 2-8 wRISP — the Rays offense was able to do just enough to come out on the winning side of the ledger.

Smyly is done after another excellent outing. His line: 7 IP/2 H/1 ER/1 BB/6 K 87 pitches (58 strikes). Smyly has lowered his ERA to an excellent 1.50 in five starts with the Rays, while racking up 29 strikeouts.

Fun fact: Smyly is the second pitcher in Rays history to throw seven innings pitched and allow two hits or fewer in back-to-back starts. (Victor Zambrano did it in 2003.)