Before I get to the disaster that was Thursday’s game between the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays — two of the best teams in baseball — I have to point out that only about 8,000 fans attended the game.
If two of the best teams in baseball can barely attract 8,000 people on a Thursday night, then baseball doesn’t need to be played in Tampa. Attention Commissioner Rob Manfred: It’s time to move the Rays to either Montreal or Portland, Oregon. Just get it done.
Now, about the game. It was a rough night for Twins pitching. Martin Perez gave up six runs, all earned, in two-plus innings to fall to 7-2. But the night got much worse for reliever Zack Littell, who gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings. Littell, who was called up Saturday to replace Austin Adams after he was designated for assignment, might be headed back to Triple-A Rochester after Thursday’s performance.
Rays starter Charlie Morton remained unbeaten at 6-0 and the offense backed him with 14 runs on 16 hits. The Twins scored three runs on seven hits, mostly from the bottom of the order. Byron Buxton tripled to drive in a run.
Jose Berrios gets the ball on Friday.
-Tropicana Field, the home of the Rays, was designed to accommodate 42,000 fans.
Welcome back, Rocco.
And welcome back to Earth, Martin.
— Reusse (@Patrick_Reusse) May 31, 2019