RAYS 7, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: The Bullpen. It is never good when you have to depend on the bullpen for 8 innings, but they came through last night, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks. Two of those innings came from Wade Davis. Will he now take 4 days rest and enter the rotation? …David Price. Why Price? Because it is a good thing he is pitching tonight. At the very least, Cesar Ramos and Wade Davis won’t be available tonight. And there is a good chance Burke Badenhop, who has worked 3 straight days, is also unavailable. That leaves Four relievers. The Rays will also likely call up a reliever to replace Niemann to help in the ‘pen tonight, and maybe even make another move tomorrow, or in 4 days.
THE BAD: Of Course Jeff Niemann will miss a couple of months. We are now convinced that this team is genuinely cursed. Jeff Niemann took a line drive off the side of his leg in the first inning. And when he went out to start the second, he couldn’t go. It turns out he has a broken fibula and will be out for a while. This team needs a voodoo intervention. Will the Rays call up Alex Cobb to fill out the rotation? Joe Maddon sounds like he would prefer to keep Davis as a reliever. And we know Big Dub has been good in the bullpen. But so far this season, Davis is averaging just 2.5 innings pitched per week. It is a lot easier to replace that than it is to replace a starting pitcher
THE TELLING: Jeff Niemann will make it 8 Rays on the DL…Desmond Jennings did go on the DL prior to the game and Stephen Vogt was called up to replace him. Vogt arrived and was in uniform midway through the game…The Rays are 22-14, tied for first in the AL East
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the <Read More…> below to see a classic JP Howell meltdown.
- Jeff Niemann will be out a minimum of four weeks, and possibly as long as “several months.” [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays have signed former Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, who played in Korea last year. His best season came in 2007 when he hit .289 with 21 home runs and a .359 OBP. [@TBTimes_Rays]
- What does the loss of Da’Quan Bowers mean? [JoeBucsFan]
- Chris Archer was named the International League Pitcher of the Week. [WDBB]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 1, Scranton/WB 0. Alex Cobb struck out 8 and walked 3 in 5 shutout innings. He gave up 3 hits…Alex Torres walked the one batter he faced in relief…The only run of the game came via a Juan Miranda solo home run.
MONTGOMERY 3, Jacksonville 2. Shane Dyer struck out 5 and walked just 1 in 7 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 run (a solo home run)…SS Hak-Ju Lee had 3 hits, including a walk-off bases loaded single in the 9th.
CHARLOTTE 13, Fort Myers 1. Grayson Garvin struck out 6 and walked 2 in 5 innings. He allowed 1 run and 4 hits…DH Derek Dietrich had 2 triples and his 3rd home run…3B Riccio Torrez added his 5th home run.
South Bend 2, BOWLING GREEN 0 (gm 1). The Hot Rods were held to 1 hit in game 1, a double by Drew Vettleson.
BOWLING GREEN 3, South Bend 2 (gm 2). Drew Vettleson went 1-3 with a double…DH Jeff Malm was 2-3 with a double and his 4th home run…LF Josh Sale went 0-2.
“I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!” (at least that what we think JP Howell was saying)