Yankees 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Sean Rodriguez. Rodriguez now has an 8-game hitting streak after picking up 2 more hits last night. He has 10 hits in the last 10 games after getting just 11 hits in the first 20 games of the year…Elliot Johnson. EJ was on base 3 times with 2 singles and a walk.
THE BAD: David Price. Price, Price, Baby only goes here because we went on the radio yesterday and told the world that we thought he was going to be huge last night. He wasn’t. But when we go back and look at the data we don’t see anything bad. He had a good mix of pitches. He was hitting 97 with the fastball. He had (for the most part) good location on his cutter and slider. He just ran in to a team that has the ability to take advantage of the “one bad pitch”…Will Rhymes. It is amazing just how bad the Rays have been at bunting early in the season. But what is really strange is just how often the Rays are bunting this season. The Rays’ 7 sac bunts is third in the AL. And of course, that doesn’t include the half-dozen or so failed bunts. The Rays had just 37 sac bunts in 2011, 39 in 2010, 25 in 2009, and 23 in 2008.
THE TELLING: Jeff Keppinger returned, and yet Brandon Guyer was in the lineup. That’s because Brandon Allen has an “injury,” and was placed on the DL to make room…The Rays and Orioles are tied atop the Al East at 20-12…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Brandon Allen talks about the injury that may have kept the Rays from having to put him on waivers. [TampaBay.com]
- That Red Sox sellout streak? Um, yeah, it only exists because the Sox are giving away free tickets. [BI Sports]
- The Red Sox are in trouble. [BI Sports]
- Time Magazine ripped The Trop. And like many that rip The Trop, it was clear the author had never been there. [TampaBay.com]
- The Bucs suffered a big blow yesterday. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Syracuse 5, DURHAM 1. Matt Torra pitched 7 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk. Three of the hits were home runs…1B Leslie Anderson had 3 more hits to raise his average to .352…SS Reid Brignac went 0-3 and is hitting .148…C Stephen Vogt was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and is hitting .177.
Chattanooga 11, MONTGOMERY 1. Joe Cruz gave up 5 runs in 4 innings, striking out 2 and walking 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. He did steal his 7th base…2B Tyler Bortnick also went 0-3 with a walk and stole a base, his 10th.
CHARLOTTE 8, Daytona 3. Albert Suarez allowed just 1 run on 6 hits and no walks in 6 innings. He struck out 3…3B Riccio Torrez hit his 4th home run.
Lansing 13, BOWLING GREEN 5. Ryan Carpenter gave up 9 runs on 14 hits in just 2.2 innings…LF Josh Sale hit his first home run of the season.