Indians 4, Devil Rays 3.
The headline reads “Jackson strong in loss”. What? When a starting pitcher walks 5 batters, that is not a strong performance. Yes, we know that 2 of those walks were intentional, but 3 walks in 6 innings is still not “strong”. When a pitcher has to be removed after the 6th inning with 108 pitches, that is not “strong”. When a pitcher leaves the game with his team losing 3-2, that is not “strong”. 6 innings, 5 hits, 5 walks, 3 runs and a home run is not the definition of a quality start. We hope Mr. Jackson would agree with us.
- Despite giving up a double and a walk to start the 9th, Juan Salas appears to have done enough recently to become the second set-up man in the bullpen.
- The Rays are still atrocious on the base paths, as they were caught stealing twice.
- Nothing like the facing the Devil Rays pitching staff to cure your hitting woes. The latest to get healthy against the Rays, appears to be Travis Hafner. Hafner’s home run in the third was the first given up by Edwin Jackson in 36.1 innings, dating back to last season.
- BJ Upton’s solo home run broke an 0-7 skid.
- Joe Maddon promises to find more ways to get Jonny Gomes into the lineup. In the first 16 games, Gomes has only started three games.
- Brendan Harris has now started five straight games.
- Manny Stiles gets the skinny on Joe Maddon during Stiles first trip to the Trop. What exactly does Maddon do on his days off?
- The Rays are proving that winning is about pitching. They can score all the runs in the world, and it won’t mean diddly if they don’t pitch better. As a team they have scored the second most runs in baseball, yet they are in last place.