Seattle 5, D-Rays 4. The Rays wasted a great performance by Carl Crawford and Tim Corcoran once again struggled in the first inning. C. C. had 4 hits on the night including his 12th triple and 34th stolen base. Corky surrendered a 2-run home run in the first inning to Adrian Beltre. Opponents are now hitting .375 off of Corky in the 1st inning with an ERA of 9.00 and has allowed 12 hits and 7 walks in those 8 innings. In every other inning as a starter, Corcoran has pitched 34.1 innings and allowed 39 hits and 17 walks, with an ERA of 3.14. Ben Zobrist had his best game yet as a Devil Ray going 2-5 with a double and an RBI. However, Zobrist also flied out with the bases loaded in the 9th inning to end the game.
We also feel like we would be doing an injustice if we failed to mention the performance of Travis Lee. As many of you know, we have been kinda hard on Mr. Lee this season. While most of it was deserved (he started the season 0-24 with runners in scoring position), he has picked up the pace a little in the second half of the season. He is hitting .247 with 5 home runs in 24 games since the break. However, what really caught our attention was his play in the 9th inning last night with the Rays down one run. Needing a run, Lee delivered a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield. Greg Norton followed by flying out to deep center field. Knowing that there was now one out, and that he needed to get into scoring position, Lee made a very strong effort to tag up from first base going about half before retreating to first base. Then with the count 3-0 on Dioner Navarro, Lee, never the fleetest of runners, stole second to get into scoring position. It was only Lee’s 4th steal of the year. Unfortunately, Lee was never able to score as B. J. Upton was thrown out on a broken bat grounder to short (a play he likely beats out if the broken bat didn’t seem surprise Upton, causing him to hesitate briefly at the plate), and Zobrist flied out. Still, Lee’s play in the 9th inning was that of a veteran doing what he can to help his team win. We wonder how many of the younger players on the squad would have known to try and tag up from first in that situation. Or how many would have understood the importance of getting to second base, by any means necessary. That being said, we are sure that tonight, Lee will strike out with the tying runner in scoring position.
Toronto 8, Baltimore 1. Just when we thought there was no hope for the Blue Jays, along comes the Orioles.