Yankees 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. With no Desmond Jennings, Zobrist batted leadoff and delivered 2 hits and 2 walks, including a triple in the 8th that would eventually cut the lead to one.
THE BAD: Holding Kepp. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, we understand why Tom Foley held Jeff Keppinger at third base on the double by Will Rhymes in the 7th. But Joe Maddon always says he wants his runners being aggressive on the basepaths, and Foley was not in that case. Nor was he on the flyball to right field immediately after that…Strikes. We are still waiting for David Robertson to throw Carlos Pena a strike. And yet somehow Pena struck out looking to end the game.
THE TELLING: BJ Upton batted third for the first time this season…Remember when it felt like the Rays couldn’t lose a game? The Rays have now lost 3 straight…Tonight’s game will be on ESPN.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jeff Keppinger was placed on the restricted list following the game for a “personal matter.” Brandon Guyer was promoted to take his place. According to Marc Topkin, Keppinger could be back as soon as tomorrow. [@TBTimes_Rays]
- Desmond Jennings is hopeful that he will be able to play today. [TampaBay.com]
- Dick Vitale was doing a little trash talking to Nick Swisher before the game. [@DickieV]
- Can Derek Jeter get to 4,000 hits? [BI Sports]
- Are there too many former Rutgers players on the Bucs roster? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Syracuse 4, DURHAM 2 (gm 1). Jim Paduch allowed 4 runs in 5 innings…LF Kyle Hudson had 2 of the Bulls’ 3 hits…SS Reid Brignac went 1-2 with a walk.
DURHAM 2, Syracuse 1 (gm 2). Chris Archer gave up just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 5 in 6 innings…
MONTGOMERY 6, Chattanooga 1. Shane Dyer allowed just 1 unearned run in 6 innings, striking out 3 and walking 3…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. He also committed his 7th error…CF Brad Coon went 0-3 but did walk once and stole his 10th base.
Daytona 12, CHARLOTTE 4. Grayson Garvin was pounded for 7 runs (6 earned) in just 1.1 innings.
Lake County 4, BOWLING GREEN 3. Felipe Rivero struck out 5 and walked 3 in 5 innings. He allowed 1 run and 4 hits…RF Drew Vettleson went 3-5 with a double. He is hitting .281…DH Jeff Malm had a triple going 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Not sure how we missed this on Saturday night. Probably because we were too busy hurting inanimate objects. But Brandon Inge’s home run hit a guy and a lady in unfortunate spots…