Found August 22, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


The Tampa Bay Rays squandered another quality start by SP David Price. Despite winning 12 of their last 14 games and posting eight wins in their last ten game road trip, the Kansas City Royals silenced the Rays bats last night, logging a 1-0 win in 10 innings.

Royals P Luke Hochevar was able to shut down the Rays offense which had been averaging over six runs per game in their last 14 games. Tampa received what was considered an offensive boost to their lineup last evening after DH Luke Scott returned to the lineup after missing 27 games with a strained oblique. Tampa was able to get Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria along with Scott for the first time in several months. Longoria played 3B for the first time since April 30, he had been in the DH role for the Rays prior to the return of Scott.
Tampa Bay swept the Los Angeles Angels this weekend and their quartet of All-Star pitchers, but have been unable to defeat Hochevar this season, who entered the game with a 5.61 ERA.

For Price, it was another stellar outing but he failed to receive any run support once again. Price has been pitching as well as at any time in his career recently. He entered Tuesday night’s game 8-0 in his last 11 starts with an impressive 1.72 ERA. Price has posted a 1.82ERA at home this season and he didn’t disappoint last night. Price struckout eight in eight innings and allowed just three hits during his quest for his 17th win of the season but received another no-decision.The Vanderbilt pitcher lowered his ERA to a season low 2.28.

Price has pitched five no-decisions this season and four of them have been one-run losses.

Hochevar was equally impressive in his start, allowing just one-hit over eight inning and striking out 10. As Price, Hochevar received a no decision. Kansas City is now 4-1 against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. The Royals swept the Rays in Kansas City at the end of June and have been just as hot as the Rays in recent weeks, winning 10 of their last 14 contests.

 

 

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