RAYS 1, Red Sox 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: James Shields. The Rays needed a big start, and James the Greater came through with 8.1 shutout innings, striking out 5 and giving up just 4 hits and 2 walks. Most importantly, all four hits were singles. Only once did Shields allow a runner to second base, and that came on a wild pitch. And that was one of just 3 baserunners Shields allowed with less than 2 outs. The other two were both erased on double-plays…Red Sox Offense. Maybe it was just a coincidence that one day after Joe Maddon (allegedly) accused the Red Sox of stealing signs, that the Sox bats suddenly went cold. And maybe it was just because James Shields was being James Shields. Or maybe the Sox got the message and cut the sh*t out…Honey Badger. How awesome is Fernando Rodney? See the videos below, but after hearing the Fenway Faithful chanting his name, he really seemed to enjoy that final strike.
THE BAD: Offense Still Struggling. 7 hits, 7 walks, 1 hit by pitch, and just 1 run. With runners in scoring positing, the Rays were 0-6 with 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, and a double-play.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb was sent down and Brandon Gomes was called up…Alex Cobb was warming up in the 9th inning yesterday most likely in case the game went into extra innings.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it, we broke down the final pitch and why it was both a bad call by the ump and a great baseball play. [RaysIndex]
- There is some discussion that Matt Moore was tipping his pitches on Sunday. Jim Hickey was unconvinced and said the problem was more with location, which is what we discussed here yesterday. [Rays Prospects]
- We always enjoy Watching Durham Bulls Baseball’s charts. [WDBB]
- Marc Topkin explains why James Shields is the Rays’ most valuable pitcher. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon gets another mention in Peter King’s “MMQB.” This one discusses a conversation the two recently shared. [SI.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 14, DURHAM 2. Alex Torres struggled with his control walking 7 and giving up 6 runs on 4 hits in 3.1 innings. He struck out 5…1B Leslie Anderson went 3-4…Tim Beckham did not play.
MONTGOMERY 8, Mobile 7. Frank de los Santos tossed 4 shutout innings, striking out 2 and walking 1…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 with a walk…CF BJ Upton went 2-4 with a walk in his first game at double-A…RF Henry Wrigley went 2-5 with a double and his 4th home run.
St. Lucie 2, CHARLOTTE 0. Grayson Garvin struck out 5 and walked 1, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings…The Stone Crabs had just 4 hits.
BOWLING GREEN 2, Great Lakes 1. Jake Floethe allowed just 1 unearned run in 6 innings, striking out 2 and walking 1…RF Drew Vettleson went 0-4.
Fernando Rodney appeared to enjoy the final strike…