Toronto 6, Rays 2. This much we know…Scott Kazmir is a good pitcher. He has the potential to be a great pitcher. Last night he showed how great he can be and he showed us why is not great yet. Kid K lived up to his nickname by striking out 10 batters in 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and 5 walks. In fact, the first 7 outs by Kazmir were by strikeout. Unfortunately, in order to strikeout 10 and walk 3 batters, he had to throw 89 pitches in those 5 innings. And with his recent shoulder soreness, 89 pitches was enough for Joe Maddon to pull Kaz from the game. Kazmir is second in the majors in pitches per plate appearance. He needs to be more judicious with his pitches. Save the strikeouts for when he needs them. The Rays bullpen is awful. After throwing 15 pitches in the first inning and 25 pitches in the second inning, it was obvious that Kazmir was not going to go very deep in the game, which meant leaving the game in the hands of the bullpen. And we all know how that usually turns out (We present the above picture of Brian Meadows as evidence).
Oh, by the way, the Curse of Lamar-Naimoli lives…B. J. Upton left the game in the 3rd inning after straining his shoulder swinging the bat. The injury looked bad when it first occurred, but it is apparently not serious and Melvin is listed as day-to-day.