Detroit 8, D-Rays 3. A familiar tale, although it was one we had not heard in a while. Recently, it has been the starting pitching and a distinctive lacks of offensive production that has plagued the Devil Rays. Earlier this season, those were both serviceable if not great, but many games were lost in the late innings due to a shaky bullpen. After a shaky start that saw him give up a 2-run home run to Dmitri Young in the 1st inning, Tim Corcoran settled down to retire 14 of the next 15 batters he would face. Joe Maddon took Corky out with 1 out in the 6th having allowed 4 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 3 and left with the score tied 2-2. The Rays would actually take the lead in the bottom of the 6th on a Dioner Navarro RBI single. Then over the course of an inning and a half, Jon Switzer and Rudy Lugo each gave up 3 runs and the game was lost, and once again we see the true weakness of this team, Relief pitching. The starters can be bad, but the talent is there and they have the chance to be very good in the near future, with more consistency. The offense can be great, but again the talent is there. There just is no major league talent in the bullpen. Just a bunch of arms that probably wouldn’t even be in the major leagues if playing for a different organization. So we sit and bang our heads on our collective desks waiting for the next wave of relievers and hope they can do the job better.
New York 7, Toronto 2. The Yanks won their 2nd straight versus Toronto and the Jays lost the 4th straight overall to fall 7.5 games off the pace. The Yankees remain in a virtual tie for first in the division. The 2-6 hitters for New York each had at least 2 hits.
Boston 6, Cleveland 5. Another night and another walk-off win for the Red Devils, only this time it was not Big Papi to the rescue. Rather it was Mark Loretta that delivered the 2-run double in the bottom of the 9th to erase a 1-run deficit and allow the Scarlett Hose to keep pace with the Evil Empire.