RAYS 3, Angels 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Hellboy’s Change. It helps to have a 93 mph fastball, but Jeremy Hellickson had the plus-changeup last night, throwing 37 of them and getting a whopping 8 swing-and-misses with that pitch. Hellickson also had 2 big moments. The first came in the 2nd inning when a bad catcher’s interference call loaded the bases with 1 out. Hellickson then got a huge strikeout and then a weak groundball to escape with no damage. The Angels were 0-6 with runners in scoring position in the first 2 innings…And then in the 3rd inning, Hellboy brushed Albert Pujols back, and then got him to strikeout on a changeup…No More Zo Slump. Ben Zobrist entered the game in a funk, having gone hitless in the previous 4 games. So his home run in the 3rd inning no only got the Rays started, but hopefully will also get Zobrist started…Chris Gimenez. The Angels were 0-2 stealing bases.
THE BAD: Strikeout Bug. Three different players struck out 3 times, including BJ Upton, Carlos Pena, and Chris Gimenez. As a team, the Rays struck out 12 times.
THE TELLING: Jose Lobaton is hoping to back in mid-May…Andy Freed was ill and not in the radio booth last night. Neil Solondz subbed in…The Rays gave up their first home run in a week. And it is no fluke. Only one team in the AL gives up flyballs more often than the Rays (31.7%)…Rays are now 7-1 at home…Attendance was 14,638.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon has announced his first themed trip of the season. [TampaBay.com]
- Gary Shelton writes about David Price’s return to dominance. [TampaBay.com]
- If you missed it yesterday afternoon, we took a look at how David Price tamed Albert Pujols. [BI Sports]
- Derek Jeter is having a bit of a career renaissance. [BI Sports]
- Don’t forget, it is draft day! [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Norfolk 4, DURHAM 2. Matt Torra struck out 6 and walked none in 7 innings. He gave up 4 runs (3 earned)…Reid Brignac played SS and went 0-3 with a walk.
MONTGOMERY. no game scheduled
CHARLOTTE 8, Bradenton 0. CJ Riefenhauser struck out 8 and walked just 2 in 5 scoreless innings…SS Derek Dietrich went 3-3 with a double…RF Mikie Mahtook went 1-2 with a walk and his 3rd stolen base.
Beloit 9, BOWLING GREEN 3. RF Jeff Malm went 2-4 with a double.