The Tampa Bay Rays, who ended their opening home 14th consecutive win with the first loss of the season the previous day, recorded two consecutive losses. They also lost 2 matches at home.
Tampa Bay lost 0-1안전놀이터 to the Houston Astros in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 27th (Korean time).
Tampa Bay had a 14-game winning streak at home until the 25th, but on the 26th, they failed to score a single point and lost 0-5. With the first loss of the season, the opening home win streak also ended at 14.
After the game the previous day, Tampa Bay’s locker room became quiet for a moment. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash also told the Associated Press, “It was a little strange to have to go into the clubhouse without music or anything like that. But the music will be back on soon.”
However, as director Cathy said, the music was not audible. This time, I fell for the ‘hunter’. Tampa Bay was defeated by Houston’s ‘Young Gun’ Hunter Brown.
Brown, a player nominated by Houston in the 5th round of the 2019 draft with the overall pick of 166, made his MLB debut on September 6 last year by starting in a home game against the Texas Rangers. His debut match was successful. He held the Texans lineup to a scoreless run in six innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five. He threw only 79 balls and became the winning pitcher in his debut.
Brown, who made two starts out of five appearances last season and won all starts, is showing his ability in Houston’s starting rotation this season as well. He gave up 4 runs in the last 4 days against the Detroit Tigers and the last 22 days against the Atlanta Braves, but he won the starter by pitching well with no runs in the rest of the games. He recorded two wins in his preceding four starts and has a decent ERA of 3.09.
Tampa Bay couldn’t attack Brown at all. In seven innings, he allowed only two hits and walks, while striking out a whopping eight. No player could step on second base. At the bottom of the third inning, Manuel Margot got a hit and went out, but the only thing left was that he was caught stealing a base. In the bottom of the seventh, Randy Arozarena and Harold Ramirez struck out on a swing.
At the end of the 8th and 9th innings, both recorded three-way offenses. At the end of the 8th inning, Houston’s second pitcher Hector Neris tied it, and in the bottom of the 9th, Margo, Yandi Diaz and Wander Franco hit balls against closer Ryan Presley and could not get out of the infield. Thus, Tampa Bay could not make up for the one run they gave up at the beginning of the first inning and recorded a 0-1 defeat.