Even a 94-minute rain delay couldn't throw Matt Moore and the rest of the bullpen off their game.
On a chilly, rainy day in Arlington, Mother Nature decided not to cooperate when game time came around. After a lengthy delay, Matt Moore went to work on the Rangers, and did so with an odd method of success. When the Rays faced Indians rookie starter Trevor Bauer, the poor starter walked 7 Rays batters in only 5 innings of work.
This afternoon, it was Moore's turn to give Rangers hitters a free pass to first, as he walked 6 in 5.1 innings. Even more indicative of his command issues were the fact that he had not one, but two wild pitches during his time on the mound.
Luckily, Moore was bailed out by a quality day of fielding from the team, and none of the 6 walks ended up costing him even a single run.
Gloomy weather made for a sloppy, offensively-lacking game: the only two runs that were scored in the game (both by the Rays) were due to a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly, given up by Rangers lefty Derek Holland. Holland struggled in the command department as well, walking 3 Rays hitters in 8 sub-par innings of work.
Until Wil Myers gets called up, offensive production responsibilities will fall on the shoulders of Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist. It remains to be seen if Matt Joyce will return to the form he was in at the beginning of the 2011 season, when he hit 12 homers in the first half of the season.
Notable Stats from Today's Game:
M.Moore (W, 2-0): 5.1 IP, H, 6 BB, 5 SO
B. Zobrist: 2-4, 2B, RBI