Braves 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Sean Rodriguez. When did Rodriguez morph into a gold glove third baseman? He made another stellar defensive plate yesterday, diving into foul territory to rob a would-be double and make a strong throw to first which was dug by Carlos Pena, who has always been a gold glove first baseman…David Price. It was not his best outing, allowing multiple baserunners in 3 of his 7 innings. But he did hold the Braves to 2 runs (1 earned) striking out 7.
THE BAD: Shut Down and Out. Despite the Rays missing a number of key bats at different points this season, yesterday marked the first time the Rays were shutout this season, and only the second time they scored less than 2 runs. And it was worse than that. The Rays didn’t get their first baserunner until the 4th inning (who was then caught stealing). They then left the bases loaded in the 6th and left a runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs in the 7th. But the worst came in the 8th when it looked like Luke Scott had a shot a single through the right side with the bases loaded that would have tied the game. Only the ball hit Carlos Pena in the foot ending the threat (although it should be noted that Dan Uggla was going to make a diving attempt on the ball as he was shifted over).
THE TELLING: Sam Fuld spent the game in the broadcast booth discussing advanced baseball stats with Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson…The Rays still trail the Orioles by 2 games and are 2 games in front of the Blue Jays…Jose Molina, who has been taking a beating behind the plate this season, was pulled from the game after being hit by another foul tip. Stephen Vogt replaced Molina, who is not expected to miss much, if any, time.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Check the <Read More…> below to see a couple of funny clips from yesterday’s game.
- Now Jeff Keppinger is injured after being hit in the foot by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout. He was in a walking boot on Sunday. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon’s theme for the next road trip will be nerdy/bow ties. [TampaBay.com]
- The ever-quiet Jeremy Hellickson talks about joining Twitter. [MLB.com]
- Dave Scheiber writes about the incredible journey of Rich Thompson. [FoxSportsFlorida]
- Do the Bucs need more veteran leaders? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 6, Charlotte 0. Matt Torra tossed 6 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 3…LF Leslie Anderson his hit 3rd home run…DH Hideki Matsui was 1-3 with a strikeout…SS Reid Brignac was sidelined with a sore back.
MONTGOMERY 5, Birmingham 1. Kyle Lobstein struck out 4 and walked 1 in 8 shutout innings. His ERA is now 4.57…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.
Tampa 3, CHARLOTTE 2. Enny Romero struck out 5 and walked 2 in 6 innings, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. His ERA is now 3.00…The Stone Crabs managed just 3 hits, including a solo home run by Philip Wunderlich, his third.
Fort Wayne 2, BOWLING GREEN 1. Ryan Carpenter struck out 6 in 5 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and no walks…LF Josh Sale was 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-4 with 3 Ks.
Rays ballboy commits error, receives a sunflower seed shower from the Braves bullpen…