Rays morning after: Chris Archer says first inning mess already behind him
Chris Archer hadn't even walked off the Progressive Field mound after the first inning Monday but claimed to have already put the mess he had just made behind him.
The Rays can only hope so.
The five runs he allowed the Indians, due in large part to the three walks and one poorly located 2-0 fastball that Lonnie Chisenhall launched for a three-run homer, matched the worst single inning of his career.
After citing a lack of aggressiveness and the need to excecute better, and blaming himself for the loss in his postgame interview, he figured there was no sense obsessing about it.
"It's already gone,'' he said. "I learned, right after the first inning was over, actually while the first inning was going on. It's already behind me. I threw four strong innings after the first bad one, the first rough one. I wish I could have given our team more.''
The Rays are deciding how best to set up their rotation given Thursday's off-day and Erasmo Ramirez replacing demoted Blake Snell so it's not set yet whether Archer will next face the Yankees or Angels.
Either way, he claims he will be better for his struggles.
The adjustment Archer made Monday was mental.
"I said, You know what, I've got nothing else to lose right now, I might as well be in the zone, I might as well make mistakes in the zone as opposed to out of the zone,'' he said. "I did give up a couple hits and I did walk some people after that, but I was able to at least give us five after a really tough first inning.''
As bad as the game turned out, Archer said it wouldn't get him down.
"Today was probably the worst game I've had in a while,'' Archer said. "Since spring training I've been throwing the ball really well. I'm not saying I'm cool with it, but it's a long season, and it's already behind me.''
* Given their run in the first, this was the Rays 16th loss when holding a lead.
* CF Kevin Kiermaier continues to put his slump behind him, homering, doubling and walking before being pinch-hit for in the seventh by Rickie Weeks, who struck out.
* When Kiermaier's slot came up in the ninth, Peter Bourjos homered.
* The run the Rays scored on Logan Morrison's sac fly in the eighth was the first allowed by Indians reliever Andrew Miller all season, ending his 18-inning scoreless streak.
* Indians starter Carlos Carrasco left in the fourth due to left pec tightness.