A’s 9, RAYS 5 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Sean’s Glove. The one good highlight of the game might have been the one after the game was long decided. Sean Rodriguez made a lovely diving grab and throw to get Brandon Inge, that suddenly had us asking, “Reid who?”…Bossman Still Hot. BJ Upton only had one hit, but it was a home run. And he also added 3 walks, raising his OBP to .410. If he had enough plate appearances, that would rank 7th in the AL.
THE BAD: Another Injury. Desmond Jennings left Sunday’s game early with “left knee soreness”…Matt Moore Up. A team that has a 4-run lead after the first inning wins about 91% of the time. So if you are Matt Moore, you can’t give up a 5-spot in one inning and lose the lead. And Moore’s biggest problem, as pointed out by Andy Freed and Dave Wills, is that Moore can’t keep his pitches down. Of Moore’s 105 pitches, only 40 were below the mid-point of the strikezone. And six of those were more than 6 inches below the strikezone. Unfortunately, this is a bad habit he probably picked up in the minors, more than being a mechanical flaw. Minor league hitters can’t catch up to a good fastball up in the zone. Big league hitters will also struggle with that pitch, but only if they are looking for a pitch down. If all the pitches are up, that pitch is not a problem.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 19-10, 0.5 games behind the Orioles, 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees, and 7 games ahead of the Red Sox.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the <Read More…> below to see some a video and some GIFs from the weekend.
- Ken Rosenthal notes that the extra wild card will mean more teams will be buyers at the trade deadline. The good news, as noted by Rosenthal is that the Rays could get more for one of their pitchers. The bad news that he doesn’t mention is that the Rays are now even less likely to add a piece at the deadline as prices go up. [MLBTR]
- BRaysball Talk investigates why the Rays lost a series to the A’s. [BRaysballTalk]
- Where’s the veteran running back? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Norfolk 5, DURHAM 2. Completing their suspended game from the day before, Alex Torres gave up 2 runs in 3.1 innings of relief, but still struggled with his control, walking 5…RF Brandon Guyer went 1-4 with a double…DH Leslie Anderson was 1-3 and is hitting .354…2B Reid Brignac went 0-4.
DURHAM 2, Norfolk 1 (7). In the regularly scheduled game, Lance Pendleton tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 5 and walking just 1…The Bulls managed just 2 hits. However, 1 was a home run by Matt Mangini, his first.
MONTGOMERY 4, Chattanooga 1. Matt Buschmann allowed just 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 2-4 with a double. He is hitting .237.
Clearwater 10, CHARLOTTE 7. Braulio Lara was pounded for 8 runs in just 2 innings…2B Derek Dietrich hit his 2nd home run…RF Mikie Mahtook went 0-3 and is hitting .241.
Lake County 6, BOWLING GREEN 2. RF Drew Vettleson went 0-4 with a strikeout…DH Jeff Malm hit his 3rd home run.
Ball boy saves Scott Cursi from a linedrive…