Grant Balfour did not record a out while giving up three runs in the top of the eleventh on one hit and three walks falling to 1-5 on the season for the Ray's.
Balfour continues to have a tough time on the mound since returning to the Rays this past offseason and is now sitting on a 5.48 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through 47.2 innings of relief. He has not been in the closer role for quite some time now and considering now well Jake McGee has adapted to the ninth inning there is little chance he ever gains back the role ever again while with the Rays.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jake Marisnick was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday night against the Royals.
Jake Marisnick had two hits from the bottom of the order which included a double and a run scored in Houston’s 5 -2 win over Kansas City on Thursday night. His double in the second inning with two outs kept the inning alive and Marisnick scored on a single by Jose Altuve before Yordano Ventura left the game after a rain delay in the second inning. Although Marisnick struggled in the second half, he did finish September/October with a .275 average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. Analysis: Greg Jewett