RAYS 4, Angels 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. Moore averaged 95 mph with his fastball, and a whopping 10-13 inches of horizontal movement. It dumbfounds us every time he takes the mound. And yesterday he had eight swinging strikes just on fastballs. That’s a lot for a fastball and shows you just how nasty he can be. Of course, we would like to see better pitch efficiency and more than 5.2 innings. But that will come…Bullpen. Yes there was the home run, but the only reason the Rays were in a position to win in the 9th inning was because 3 relievers came in and tossed 3.1 shutout innings, and retired 10 of the 12 batters they faced…BJ Upton. Lost in the craziness of the walk-off home run, was Bossman’s incredible at bat just before that. With 2 strikes, Upton slapped a single to right field. Not only does that make the home run a game-winner, but now there is speed on first base representing the tying run. At this point, Jordan Walden’s attention must be divided between Upton and Brandon Allen…Little Bit of Luck. Let’s not forget about the pitch just before the home run. Allen basically hit a lazy flyball into foul territory. But Torii Hunter, who had just switched from DH to right field, was inexplicably playing closer to right-center and couldn’t make the catch. Not only is Allen a pull-hitter (although the home run was hit to right-center), you also have Upton on first base. You would think the Angels would shift the outfield over and protect the line with Hunter to keep Upton from scoring…The New DJ. In his first official at bat with the Rays, Brandon Allen hit a game-winning, 2-run, walk-off home run. Welcome to the team big guy. You can see the video here.
THE BAD: Umpiring. You can see video of the annoyed umpire below which has everybody buzzing this morning. But we think there is a simple explanation for that. However, there is no simple explanation for why the home plate umpire kept calling swinging strikes on the Rays on swings that at worst were borderline. One of the responsibilities of the umpire at first base is to call these swings. Why not use him and at least ask? At that point, it is an ego game. This was just a home plate umpire that doesn’t want somebody else making his calls. And it just makes him look like an idiot.
THE TELLING: At 12-7, the Rays are tied with the Orioles for the second-best record in the AL. Of course, the Rays now travel to Dallas to take on the team with the best record (Rangers are 15-4).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the “Read More” below to see the annoyed umpire following Brandon Allen’s home run, and BA’s birthday cake.
- This GIF pretty much sums up the umpiring from yesterday’s game. [@CorkGaines]
- Some at ESPN like what they are seeing with the Rays offense. [BRaysBall Talk]
- Matt Moore is not concerned about being winless. [Rays Report]
- Some members of the cast from the best sitcom since “The Cosby Show” were given Rays jerseys and wore them on stage. [TampaBay.com]
- Did Mark Dominik get played last night? [JoeBucsFan]
- And here is a screencap of every first round draft pick. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM. (no game scheduled)
Birmingham 10, MONTGOMERY 2 (gm 1). Hak-Ju Lee went 3-4 with a double…DH Kyeong Kang hit his 4th home run…RF Henry Wrigley had a pair of doubles in 4 at bats.
Birmingham 5, MONTGOMERY 2 (gm 2). Hak-Ju Lee went 2-3 with a triple in the nightcap. And even though he is hitting just .239, Lee is 8-12 in the last 3 games.
CHARLOTTE 1, Bradenton 0. Braulio Lara tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking 2…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-3 with a double…RF Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 with 2 strikeouts.
Beloit 8, BOWLING GREEN 3. RF Drew Vettleson was 1-3, and DH Cameron Seitzerhad 3 hits including a pair of doubles.
Why does the umpire look so annoyed after Brandon Allen touches home plate? It might have something to do with Luke Scott bumping into him as he tries to see if Allen touches the plate…