RAYS 9, Blue Jays 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Honey Badger. OK, he wasn’t sharp. But he did dance his way to one out. We’ll have more on this play shortly, but in the meantime, you can see the animated version HERE…Workmanlike. No idea what is going on with the starting pitchers. Hellickson pitched well enough to win, but it was ugly. He walked 3 and gave up 6 hits in less than 6 innings, striking out just 4. And if not for a great grab by Matt Joyce at the wall, it would have been worse. The problem appeared to be Hellboy’s fastball. His 4-seamer (the one that is supposed to be faster) averaged just 89.9 mph. His 2-seamer (the one that moves more) averaged 90.9 mph. So then why did he throw 37 4-seamers and just 28 2-seamers? Hellboy is a pitcher that relies on control and movement. He probably shouldn’t be throwing the 4-seamer at all, and add in more cutters (just 6 last night)…Evan Longoria. 3 hits, including a double and a home run. He drove in 4. Just dirtbag being dirtbag.
THE BAD: Reid Brignac. Briggy is just 2-17 with 1 walk to stat the season. And with both BJ Upton and Brandon Allen being added to the roster, we wouldn’t be surprised if Brignac will be in triple-A tomorrow…Jose Molina. Hey, if we are going to love the D, we have to occasionally point out things like 10 strikeouts and just 6 hits and 1 walk to start the season, including an 0-4 last night with 3 Ks.
THE TELLING: BJ Upton is expected to be activated today and Brandon Allen is expected to be added to the roster today. Look for Stephen Vogt to be demoted…The Rays went 4-6 on the road trip. Not good, but not terrible either…Stephen Vogt, in what was likely his last game with Rays for a while, was inserted as a pinch runner in the 9th inning.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to – wait for it – to have their attorneys examine the contract between the Rays and the city of St. Pete, the same contract that is available on-line for anybody to look at. But apparently Hillsborough attorneys needed permission. [TBO.com]
- There may not be as many Rays fans, but at least Rays fans don’t do sh*t like this. [BI Sports]
- Home runs are way up in baseball. [BI Sports]
- Are you going to the JoeBucsFan draft party? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 5, DURHAM 2. Alex Cobb struck out 6 in 6 innings, but also walked 5 and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits…The Bulls managed just 2 hits.
MONTGOMERY 6, Mobile 2. Jacob Thompson allowed 2 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out just 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 but did walk twice…CF Brad Coon had 2 hits, a walk, and 2 stolen bases.
Jupiter 9, CHARLOTTE 8. Albert Suarez was pounded for 8 runs in just 2.2 innings on 9 hits and a walk…SS Derek Dietrich went 3-5 with a double and a triple…RF Mikie Mahtook was 2-5 and is hitting .244.
BOWLING GREEN 6, Cedar Rapids 1. Ryan Carpenter tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking just 1…RF Drew Vettleson went 2-4 with a double and has his average up to .286.