04/27/2002 7:13 pm ET
Rays' road woes continue
By Mike Petraglia / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The way Devil Rays manager Hal McRae sees it, Saturday's 10-0 loss to the Red Sox was simply a continuation of a team-wide slump.
Red Sox right-hander Derek Lowe used just 98 pitches to fire the first no-hitter against Tampa Bay since the Devil Rays came into existence in 1998.
"Well, it was pretty simple," said McRae. "They had all the hits and all the runs. We used five pitchers; they used one. We made two errors; they made none and Lowe pitched an outstanding ballgame. We didn't get very much done as far as getting runners on base or pitching-wise. It just wasn't a good game for us.
"They've pitched well the first two ball games," continued McRae. "They've done everything better than we have. They were the best club, by far, the first two days but (Sunday) is a new day. We're going to play these guys a lot in the next month or so. We got to play better."
The Devil Rays, who have won just twice in 10 tries on the road, will look to salvage a game at Fenway Sunday when they throw lefty Joe Kennedy (1-1, 4.91) against Boston's Frank Castillo (1-1, 3.80).
"This park can make you look at the wall instead of the ball," said McRae. "And I'm not talking about fielding, I'm talking about hitting. I was guilty of that sometimes here. You can really get out of whack if you try to hit like that here."
As a team, the Devil Rays are out of whack right now, especially away from Tropicana Field. After Saturday's hitless performance, Tampa Bay is now hitting a Major League-low .195 (65-for-333) on the road.
"(Sunday) is a new day and I hope we get a good night sleep and a good meal (Saturday night) and come back and get 'em tomorrow," McRae said.
But, as is usually the case with a team slump, Tampa Bay's struggles are not confined to the bats. Their pitchers, after allowing 10 earned runs in the 10-0 loss to the Red Sox, have a road ERA of 6.53, the worst in the American League.
"We have to forget about today and worry about tomorrow," said Brent Abernathy, the only Devil Rays batter to reach base Saturday. "What's done is done. We have a lot of work to do."
Mike Petraglia is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.