Los Angeles 15, D-Rays 6. That picture to the left is a very fitting picture for this team. That wall could represent the entire second-half of the season. Last night, the Rays gave up 10 runs in an inning for the 86th time this season. OK, maybe it hasn’t been 86 times, but we are afraid to look up the actual number, because it will make us bang our heads on our desks…again. We are starting to think that it might be better for our hearts if we write the D-Rays posts first and then write the more positive sounding Minor League reports afterwards. O well, what is it to be a Tampa Bay sports fan if there is not some suffering involved.

The Good: Julio Lugo returned to the lineup after missing the last couple of games with a bruised fingertip. Rocco Baldelli hit his 5th home run of the season in the first inning. Carl Crawford hit his 11th triple and stole his 33rd base.

The Bad: Jonny Gomes. We have refused to jump on Gomes case so far during this prolonged slump because he is still young and slumps will happen for young players and for power hitters. But this is getting bad. Last night he went 0-4 and is now hitting .222. He only has 3 home runs and 9 RBI since June 11th, and Joe Maddon has dropped him to 8th in the lineup.

The Oh, So Ugly: Casey Fossum couldn’t hold an early 4-2 lead and was pulled with 1 out in the second. His final line…1.1 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, 7 runs (5 earned) and a season ERA of 5.22.

New York 8, Texas 7. The Spankees pulled within 1.5 games of the Red Sox with a 2-run home run by Jason Giambi in the 8th. And we are telling you right now, if we hear somebody else call Giambi, The Giambino we will personally go to Babe Ruth’s grave and roll him over ourselves. We can’t think of a bigger insult to the Babe.

Oakland 5, Boston 1. Amazing the Red Sox fans. One day they are singing their team praises from atop the Green Monster after pounding out 18 hits and winning the first two games in Oakland. Then the lose one game and the apocalypse is upon them. There is no fan base in all of baseball that is more game-to-game then the Red Sox nation. So for all the the nuevo-members of the Nation let us tell you…You will never be true members. You can’t possibly understand the meaning. We promise.

O yeah, Toronto lost and Baltimore won…blah, blah, blah.



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