Pitching dominated hitting tonight. The Perez boys, Williams and Erasmo, were both efficient; but Erasmo was one pitch better.
Both sides had six hits, but Tampa Bay scored the game’s two runs on a seventh inning home run by Kevin Kiermaier. That’s all our Perez gave up in his complete game effort; but when your team doesn’t score, you can’t win. Just ask Shelby Miller.
Nick Markakis was the Braves least despicable hitter tonight, with an almost rbi double in the first and a last gasp single in the ninth. The Braves best chance at scoring ended with Cameron Maybin being thrown out at the plate on Nick’s double, and the Rays broadcast team thought he’d have scored had he not gone all acrobatic in his slide.
Williams Perez threw a complete game six-hitter, though he did walk four. It was his best game since his DL stint and hopefully a harbinger of more good outings to come. Tampa Bay deserved to win and did. Williams pitched well enough to win but didn’t. Life and baseball are sometimes not fair.