Chris Archer’s Struggles Continue
- Updated: April 14, 2016
Tampa Bay Rays’ RHP Chris Archer’ s struggles continued on Thursday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field as he dropped to 0-3 on the season with a 5.87 ERA with the Rays’ 6-0 loss.
Archer seemed to be doing well until the fifth inning when the young Francisco Lindor hit a RBI single on a ground ball to send home Roberto Perez.
In the top of the sixth, Marlon Byrd hit a two run homerun on a fly ball to left center field for a 3-0 Cleveland lead before Archer was replaced by Steve Geltz.
The twenty-seven year old hasn’t won a game since August 31, 2015, a drought that not a single team wishes their Ace to endure. Not only that drought but Archer also hasn’t worked more than five innings in his last five starts; he went five and one-third against the Indians. In this start he allowed three runs on seven hits; striking out six batters on 105 pitches.
On the other side, the Indians’ Danny Salazar pitched six innings allowing 3 hits and struck out an impressive nine batters on his way to a 2-0 record this season.
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