It’s not often you find a pitcher pleased about walking two batters in an inning, but it was those walks and what happened immediately afterward that made Thursday’s outing a good one for RHP
Archer sandwiched two walks around a strikeout during the sixth inning of the Rays’ 4-2 win against the Pirates at McKechnie Field. After the second walk, Archer got Pirates All-Star center fielder
The walks were the result of what Archer called a “mental lapse.”
“The most important part was damage control,” Archer said. “(Pitching coach
Those walks were the only blemishes in Archer’s three hitless innings. The way he bounced back impressed manager
“In the beginning, he was a little bit disheveled,” Maddon said. “He didn’t have a good arm stroke, and then all of a sudden he found it. It was kind of nice that he was challenged a bit, because he wasn’t as locked in as he had been, and of course you have to beat other teams when you’re not really locked in with everything, and I thought what he did was good, because he fought through some moments when he wasn’t really comfortable.”
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Maddon said the setback should not impact Fuld’s spot on the roster as a backup outfielder.
“I really don’t think so,” Maddon said. “I’m not anticipating that at all.”
Cobb broke out his cutter Thursday.
“Had some positive results and negative results,” Cobb said. “If I didn’t have a spot I would probably be a little hesitant to throw that pitch as much as I did (Thursday). Knowing that I do have a spot I was able to go out and attack with it.”
The Rays scored all their runs in the seventh inning with the help of a two-out throwing error by Pirates 3B
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