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The Tampa Bay Rays scoreless streak has reached 28 innings

Jun 11, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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Adam Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings last night. Which is not a big deal as he does that kind of thing a lot. But the bullpen threw two more scoreless innings and the opponent was the Rays and that amounted to the third straight shutout of the apparently doomed team from Tampa Bay. The Rays are the first AL team to be shut out since the Twins did it in 2004.

That, plus the final inning of their loss on Saturday, adds up to 28 consecutive scoreless innings for Tampa Bay, which broke the old franchise record of 26 innings, set in 2002. That Devil Rays team finished 55-106.

They’re currently on pace to go 59-103, so I guess things could be worse.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Wow. Over three straight 9-inning games. Ouch.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Yeah, so much for the witch doctor approach.

      Which reminds me of another story about a hapless witch doctor I once heard. This guy woke up one morning feeling a little pinch in his puppick, and when he looked at it he saw the head of a little golden screw lodged in his navel. He tried to pull it out but it was really in there. So he went to the GP from his HMO and the doctor said “Well, I’m not a specialist in this, so here’s a referral to Doctor Mobuto uptown. He handles this kind of thing.” So the guy goes to visit Dr. Mobuto, whose office is in a thatched bamboo hut behind a rib shack. Mobuto comes out wearing Kiss makeup, an ostrich feather headdress, cowrie shell necklace, grass skirt and covered with Metallica tattoos, holding a mahogany-handled skull rattle decorated with Gaboon viper heads. He looks at the little gold screw and nods. “Yessss, I have seen this before. Here is what you must do. When next the moon is fool, you must wait until midnight. One hour before, take one Viagra. This is very important that you do this. Then take off all of your clothing, and stand naked in your back yard facing the moon. You must do nothing. You must not move at all no matter what happens. Do you understand?” This guy nods. “Fine, your copay is fifty dollars,” says Mobuto.

      So this guy goes home and despite his doubts waits a few days for a full moon. He takes his Viagra at 11PM, on cue, and a few minutes before midnight, he walks starkers out into his yard and stands perfectly still, facing the moon. It’s bloody cold out, too, which, oddly, doesn’t keep him from embarrassing himself. And waits. And waits. Then he notices that one lone moonbeam has begun to lengthen and free itself from the gossamer reality waves holding it to the lunar corona. Slowly, slowly this one moonbeam continues to lengthen, until, at last, it falls directly upon the little golden screw in his belly button. Mindful of Mobuto’s directive, he doesn’t move. Within a few minutes he notices, out of the corner of his eye, that something is riding down the moonbeam towards him. It is very distant and very small. But eventually, he realizes that is a little golden Tinkerbell! The little sprite soon arrives and wraps its tiny birdlike feet around the perch which, conveniently, the Viagra has facilitated. Then, from a little golden pouch slung over her shoulder, the sprite withdraws, and presents for this guy’s inspection…a little golden Phillips screwdriver! She then inserts the screwdriver into the little golden screw, skrik! skrik! turns it twice, and withdraws the offending object. Smilling up at him, she returns the screw and the screwdriver to her little golden pouch, and rides away back up the moonbeam. After a few moments the moonbeam slowly withdraws and after a while it has fully retracted itself back into the lunar corona.

      Finally the guy looks down and runs his fingers over his belly button, which is no longer inhabited by the little gold screw. He is utterly delighted, and he turns to run into the house and call Dr. Mobuto to let him know what happened. But his ass and his dick fall off.

      • zukith - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        wtf did I just read?

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        That’s metaphysically absurd, man. How do I know what you read?

      • groupofsevenrules - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM


  2. unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    HBT’s Tampa fan corps is a hardcore, rag-tag fighting unit matched in loyalty and joie de vivre only by the feather-lice crew. This article is akin to kicking them when they’re down.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Just a flesh wound! Tis only a scratch! I’ve had worse! I’m invincible!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        You, burgie, hittfamily and the rest of the hardcore Tropophiles deserve better.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Thanks. It’s a lost season, and my main hope is to get everyone back healthy for next year–and hope the team sticks to its system rather than hitting the panic button.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Look you stupid bastard, you’ve got no arms left!

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Oh, oh, I see! Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what’s coming to you! I’ll bite your legs off!

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    not only that, this was the third shutout in a row by the cardinals. 2 vs the hot hitting blue jays before this one. they need this kind of pitching w/ the year they’ve been having offensively.

  4. 1998yanks - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Funniest thing is that a lot of so called “baseball journalist” had the Rays taking the AL East this year.

    • paint771 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      And the Jays finishing last.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        And last year, they had the Jays finishing first and many had the Sox last.

        Baseball is very difficult to pedict. Injuries, freak occurrences.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      In fairness, nobody could have predicted the Rays’ pitching staff to be so crumbled with injuries. There was a certain logic to their thinking, though I never had expected them to win the division from the get go.

    • bobdira - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      That assessment came before they lost 3 of their starting 5 pitchers, and they lost the key to the hit cabinet.

      Over the course of the last 6 years the “magic” seemed to be on the Rays side. It appears that the baseball gods have decided that they were going to even the “magic” score in one very VERY bad year.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        In particular, the Rays have always had hitting cold streaks as their Achilles heel, even getting no-hit 3 times in one season. Their magic has been having dominant pitching. Without the pitching, the offense gets exposed.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        What good baseball lords giveth, they can also taketh away.

  5. indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Here are some more fun numbers. In the past 15 games, of which they’ve lost 14, the Rays are batting 10 for 101 with RISP. That’s 0.099. That’s… heartbreakingly bad. Their overall BA during the same stretch is .266.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Our pitchers are injured, so the position players are making up for it by hitting like pitchers.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        A one run lead by our opponent seems insurmountable. Hell, 0-0 seems like we’re losing.

        Let’s look at the bright side.

        Odorizzi pitched well yesterday against his favorite childhood team. Pitched relatively deep into the game–104 pitches over 7 1/3 (his longest start), struck out 5, walked 1, gave up 3 hits. His one mistake was he hung a split-change to one Mr. Holliday, who didn’t miss it. Our hitters will eventually hit with RISP. We’re not going anywhere this year, but let’s see what we can build on for next year.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Yes, some guys are getting valuable experience. I will be watching and hoping the front office adheres to the plan. Price will have to be traded because he will cost too much to keep, but they need to not sell short. They also need to draft better.

      • indaburg - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Yes, some guys are getting some good experience. And since it looks like we’ll be getting the number one pick next year at this rate, we definitely need to choose wisely and draft well. It is time to trade Price for maximum return. There is no reason to be desperate. We can lose with or without him. It’s early enough in the season for Price to really make a difference in 2014 (for other teams).

        Remember, always look at the bright side of life… (whistle)

  6. stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    “The Rays are the first AL team to be shut out since the Twins did it in 2004.”

    Can’t be. No way. Has to be a typo.
    Or could it be the first AL team to be shut out in 3 consecutive games? That’s my guess anyway.

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