Texas 6, D-Rays 5. Well thanks to the hockey playoffs, the baseball package didn’t have the usual number of channels and the D-Rays game in Texas was the odd-game out. Unfortunate, since we did not get to see Edwin Jackson make his Devil Ray debut. Unfortunate because we did not get to see Jonny Gomes hit his 8th home run. Unfortunate because we did not get to see Ty Wiggington continue his torrid hitting by rallying the team in the top of the ninth with a game tying 3-run home run, his 8th of the season. But..we feel fortunate that we did not see Wiggington’s heroics wasted by the bullpen and sloppy fielding in the bottom of the ninth. Wiggington and Gomes are 1-2 in the AL in RBI with 20 and 19 respectively. Jackson‘s first start for Tampa was marred by too many walks. Making a bad pitch to Kevin Mench in the second inning is not as damaging if he doesn’t walk the two batters before Mench on 9 pitches. The Rays fall to 8-10 and are 1-4 on their current road trip.
Toronto 8, Boston 1. The Red Sox (11-7) are still in first place…barely. They have lost 3 in a row and are 1-4 against the Blue Jays this season. Roy Halladay was solid, going 5 innings giving only one run. The Jays are showing that the money they spent in the off-season was warranted, as the team continues to score runs. Free agent acquisition catcher, Benjie Molina hit his third home run of the season to get the scoring started in the first inning.
New York 6, Baltimore 1. The Red Sox loss means the Orioles (11-8) remain a half-game behind Boston in the standings. Shawn Chacon improved his record to 2-1 going 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and one run. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui each had a pair of RBI for the Yankees (8-8). Matsui is starting to hit his way out his early season slump.