Given the Rays’ recent offensive struggles, there are at least a couple of ways to look at their 7-3 win over the Angels Monday night in Anaheim, Calif.
One, that they’re still having plenty of trouble, given that they struck out 15 times — four shy of their record for a nine-inning game — against a quintet of Angels pitchers.
None of whom, by the way, was named Shohei Ohtani, who was scratched from his scheduled start — though not from being the designated hitter — due to soreness in his right elbow from being hit by a pitch on Sunday.
Or two, that despite the fan club, the Rays still managed to score five or more runs for the second straight day.
That was an encouraging sign for a team that hadn’t scored five runs total over a 34-inning span before getting five Sunday.
The team that had scored more than four runs in only nine of its first 28 games and now has done so in two straight.
The team that went into play Monday last in the majors hitting with runners in scoring position — by more than 15 points, at .191 to the .207 by the Mets (who fired their hitting coaches Monday night) — and went a relatively solid 3-for-10 against the Angels.
“I think everybody’s happy that April is over and this is a new month,” said shortstop Willy Adames, who had a double…