THE GOOD: The Bats Were Due. The Rays scored a whopping 16 runs. That is the most scored by the Rays since they dumped the Orioles 17-2 in September, 2007. The Rays also scored at least 3 runs in 3 different innings. Each of those innings provided more scoring than 7 of their first 9 games. Of course, we need to see more of this before we proclaim the season saved, but this was a good start…Sam Fuld. This guy is about 5’2″ and 95 pounds soaking wet. But he makes the most of that scrawniness. Fuld was 4-6 with 2 doubles, a triple and a HR that just dropped over the short porch down the right field line…Johnny Damon. The Idiot returned home and answered the boobirds with a first inning home run.
THE BAD: Matt Joyce. Joyce is a solid defensive right fielder, except apparently when it comes to diving. The Sox scored their first run when Joyce made a horrific dive attempt towards the right field line. Besides, somebody should tell Joyce that heroics are not necessary with a 7-run lead…Cycles Are Overrated. Sam Fuld’s night shows just how overrated it is to hit for the cycle. Fuld needed a single in the 9th for a cycle, but instead hit a 2B. So his night (4 extra-base hits) was better than hitting for the cycle, and yet a single would have put Fuld in the record books as just the second Rays player to hit for the cycle (BJ Upton, 2009).
THE TELLING: Dan Johnson is now back to wearing the number 24, since Manny Ramirez apparently no longer wants it…The Rays entered the night 1-8. But with the win, the Rays are now in sole possession of 4th place (head-to-head tiebreaker).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Evan Longoria hopes to start a rehab assignment in two weeks. And tomorrow, JP Howell will throw the first of three batting practice sessions. After which, he will start his own rehab assignment…In the same piece, Marc Topkin writes about Manny Ramirez’ conversation with Joe Maddon after learning of his positive test. [TampaBay.com]
- Manny Ramirez tested positive to something different from his positive test in 2009. [TampaBay.com]
- Do you think the editor that wrote this headline has been watching “G.I. Joe” recently? [TampaBay.com]
- Ha! Somebody is trying to sell a ticket to Manny Ramirez’ last game on eBay. Think they will? (thanks Michael) [eBay]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Charlotte 4, DURHAM 3: Alex Torres, the Rays 2nd best pitching prospect in the minors, struck out 9 and gave up just 2 hits and 1 walk in 5 scoreless innings…CF Desmond Jennings was 1-3 with a walk…RF Brandon Guyer added 2 hits in 4 at bats.
- MONTGOMERY 10, Birmingham 3: Nick Barnese lasted just 3.2 innings in his first start, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 5…1B Stephen Vogt was 2-3 including a 4th inning grand slam that broke open the game…DH Matt Sweeney added a 3-run home run in the 6-run first inning.
- CHARLOTTE 7, Palm Beach 5: Alex Koronis was solid in his first start, tossing 5 shutout innings with 7 Ks and just 1 walk. He gave up 2 hits…2B Tyler Bortnick had 2 singles and a double in 5 at bats, driving in 2…RF Brett Nommensen was 2-5 with his 2nd steal of the year.
- Fort Wayne @ BOWLING GREEN: postponed