THE GOOD: Bow To BJ. Our number 5 jersey has been retired for a no. 2, and Bossman responds with 2 more hits and now has 8 of the Rays’ 27 (30%) hits.
THE BAD: No O. The Rays set a Major League record when they only picked up 6 basehits. Six games is now the longest streak in big league history to start the season without getting at least 7 hits in one game (data only goes back to 1919). And they did it against Edwin Jackson. The Rays struck out 14 times and walked once. Jackson had a career high 13 Ks, just the 5th time in his career that he had at least 10. And if it weren’t for a walk and a single by Sam Fuld, Jackson would have had a perfect game going in the 7th inning…Running Wild. The White Sox stole 4 bases and opponents are now 11-11 in stolen bases against John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach this season.
THE TELLING: Johnny Damon held a players-only meeting after the game…The Rays are just the 4th team since 1920 to score 1 run or less in 5 of their first 6 games. They are also just the 2nd team to never hold a lead in any of their first 6 games…Dirk Hayhurst will start today for the Durham Bulls. With Alex Cobb and Alex Torres still in the development stage, Hayhurst may be the Rays backup starter right now should the Rays need one for an extended period. Andy Sonnanstine would likely be called upon for any spot starts.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Reminder: We will have the second “meeting” of the RI Baseball Book Club tomorrow. We will be discussing Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.” Even if you haven’t finished the book yet, feel free to stop by and offer your thoughts and questions. Again, no set schedule. Come and go as you please.
- Joe Maddon is not sure if this is the last time Manny Ramirez will miss any more time due to his personal issue. [Rays Report]
- We love when one counters the “well, 99% of time it doesn’t happen” argument with “but, this one time it happened.” Yes we get it. It can happen. That doesn’t mean it is likely. [Newsday]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Gwinnett 2, DURHAM 1: Justin Ruggiano had 3 of the Bulls 11 hits including a double and a stolen base. Desmond Jennings had a single and his first steal of the year. Richard de los Santos allowed 2 runs in 4 innings with 3 Ks and 2 walks.
- Birmingham 1, MONTGOMERY 0: Matt Moore made his first double-A start a good one with 7 strikeouts in 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits and no walks. Tim Beckham went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts in his double-A debut.
- CHARLOTTE 3, Bradenton 2: With 1 out in the 9th, Mayo Acosta singled home 2 runs for the walk-off win. Jake Thompson, a 2nd round pick a year ago, gave up 2 runs in 4.1 innings with 1 K and 2 walks. Tyler Bortnick was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases.
- BOWLING GREEN 4, Dayton 0: Enny Romero struck out 8, walked 1 and allowed just 1 hit in 5 scoreless innings. Derek Dietrich, the Rays other 2nd round pick last year homered and drove in 3.