RAYS 3, Mariners 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Moore Is Close. Will have more on Moore in a little while. But 7 strikeouts and just 1 walk is a solid day at the ballpark. Of course, despite just 1 walk, he did throw too many pitches, and was out after just 5 innings…Matty Joyce. His home run drove in 1 run. And his triple in the first was nearly another home run, but did drive in the Rays first run of the game. If not for Joyce, the Rays…Honey Badger Shoots The Moon. Fernando Rodney faced 3 batters and threw just 14 pitches. But he struck out all 3. And all 3 went down swinging. Just nasty.
THE BAD: No O. The Rays did score 3 runs and won the game. But in their first game post-Longo, the Rays managed just 3 hits, and hitters not named Matt Joyce were just 1-21. Prior to last night, the Rays had at least 5 hits in every game…Ugh. Between Evan Longoria and Tim Beckham, it wasn’t the best day in franchise history. Then again, we now have the answer to who will play shortstop at triple-A Durham: Reid Brignac, and not Beckham.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria has been placed on the DL and Will Rhymes was added to the 40-man roster and promoted. Kyle Farnsworth was moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster. The earliest Farnsville can return now is the first week of June…The Rays are 15-8, 1 game ahead of the Orioles…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to check below for a funny clip from last night’s game.
- Hideki Matsui met with the media. [MLB Video]
- There is no official out-clause in Hideki Matsui’s contract. However, Andrew Friedman made it sound like they wouldn’t stand in the way if another team wanted him in the majors. [TampaBay.com]
- The Mets are now having themed road trips. Hmmm, where have we seen that before? [Mets Blog]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 5, Louisville 4. Lance Pendleton made his first start of the season, giving up just 1 run in 4 innings. He struck out 1…CF Jesus Feliciano went 3-5 with a double, a walk and 3 RBI…SS Reid Brignac went 0-2 with 4 walks…2B Shawn O’Malley had 3 hits and a walk.
MONTGOMERY 6, Tennessee 5. Matt Buschmann struck out 4 and walked just 3 in 4 innings. He gave up 3 runs…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 with a triple and an RBI…DH Kyeong Kang hit his 5th home run…RF Henry Wrigley was 2-3 with 2 walks and stole 3 bases…CF Brad Coon added his 6th and 7th steals.
CHARLOTTE 4, Bradenton 1. Braulio Lara improved to 3-0, holding the Marauders to 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 4 and walked just 1…SS Derek Dietrich hit his first home run of the season.
BOWLING GREEN. (no game scheduled)
Major League Baseball? $17…Broken ribs? $2,000…Enjoyment for the rest of us? Priceless