Blue Jays 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: This Is Why. Is there a looser team in baseball? As much as this team seems like they can’t get out of luck’s harmful ways, they are still having as much fun as ever. If you haven’t seen last night’s shenanigans, check out THIS LINK.
THE BAD: Bunting with 2 Strikes. Eventually this has got to work, right? Carlos Pena struck out again trying to bunt with 2 strikes, the 4th time he has done that this season. According to the Rays, he is just the 3rd player in last 26 years to do that 4 times in a season, and we aren’t even to Memorial Day yet…Brick Gloves. What is going on with this team defensively? Three more errors last night gives the Rays 38 on the season, tied with the Jays for the second-most in the American League.
THE TELLING: Jose Lobaton, who is about a week away from returning to the Rays, will now join the Durham Bulls to finish up his rehab assignment…The Rays still trail the Orioles by 2 games. At the other end, the Red Sox have now tied the Yankees for 4th place, just 3.5 games behind the Rays.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Some fun GIFs at the bottom…
- Jeff Keppinger was added to the DL as expected. Triple-A relief pitcher John Gaub was placed on waivers to make room for Drew Sutton on the roster. Keppinger is expected to be out 3-4 weeks. [TBO.com]
- Here’s a look at the craziness that Hideki Matsui has brought to Durham. [Note to Self]
- Matt Bush pled not guilty to the charges associated with the accident that left a motorcyclist in a coma. [TBO.com]
- The top 15 pitching performances in baseball over the last 40 years. The Rays are on the list, but not in a good way. [BI Sports]
- The Tampa Bay Times, looking for more of a radio presence and has taken over Dan Sileo’s old spot in the morning on 620-WDAE. The show will be hosted by Tom Jones and Rick Stroud.
- Kellen Winslow was traded, shortly after being told he was not part of the plan for the upcoming season. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 3, Charlotte 2. Lance Pendleton allowed 1 run in 6 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4…Hideki Matsui’s first hit came in the bottom of the 10th when he drove in the walk-off run with a single.
MONTGOMERY. (no game scheuled)
CHARLOTTE 11, Brevard County 7. CF Mikie Mahtook and SS Derek Dietrich each homered. It was Mahtook’s first as a pro. Dietrich hit his 4th and also added a pair of doubles and his 2nd stolen base.
Fort Wayne 4, BOWLING GREEN 3. 2b Ryan Brett went 5-5 raising his average to .318. He also stole his 10th base…RF Drew Vettleson was 2-3 with a double and 2 walks…LF Josh Sale went 1-1 with a double before being pulled with an injury.
Gettin’ jiggy with Todd Kalas…