Royals 8, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Chris Archer. The defense didn’t help and he gave up some hits. But what I saw was a big league pitcher. In fact, he has looked better in his last two starts than he probably has all season in the minors. Fluke? Maybe. But sometimes a player smells the finish line and focuses. Archer would already be in the rotation for 20 teams. But with the Rays, he will head back to Durham, and we might not see him again until next year. And even then, that might not happen.
THE BAD: Rays Being The Rays. C’mon, we all know this team is perfectly capable of losing a series to the Kansas City Royals. In fact, I would say this team has a better chance of being swept by the Royals than the Yankees. The Rays play to their opponent. And that is clear in this series…Defense, Again. We will have more on this later, but there it was again. The defense doing some very un-Rayslike things. This time it was Sean Rodriguez on back-to-back pitches. First an errant relay throw. And then a booted groundball. And the Rays never recovered.
THE TELLING: Prospect Leslie Anderson has been placed on the DL with a groin injury.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- James Shields interviewed Chris Archer prior to his start. [TampaBay.com]
- We have all seen blown calls. We have never seen this before. [BI Sports]
- I’m pretty sure we linked to this last year, but it is still funny, and more relevant. [Win a Date with Chris Archer]
- A panhandle police chief was struck by a bullet while watching a game at the Trop. Nobody knows where the bullet came from and thankfully, it only left a bruise. [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Syracuse 3, DURHAM 2 (12). Kyle Farnsworth faced 4 batters, striking out 2 and giving up 1 hit in his rehab appearance…Matt Torra then pitched 6.2 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 6…DH Luke Scott went 1-5…C Chris Gimenez was 3-5 with a double and a walk…Tim Beckham again played second base, going 1-5 with a walk…SS Reid Brignac was 0-4 with a walk.
MONTGOMERY 7, Jacksonville 6. Alex Colome gave up 6 runs in 3 innings on 8 hits and 4 walks. He had just 1 strikeout. He also balked twice…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 with his 26th stolen base…DH Ryan Garko had 3 singles to raise his average to .344.
CHARLOTTE @ Brevard County (double-header). Postponed
West Michigan 13, BOWLING GREEN 11. RF Drew Vettleson went 4-5 with 4 RBI, raising his average to .301. He also stole his 9th base…LF Josh Sale added 2 hits, a walk, and his 5th steal…2B Ryan Brett went 2-5 with a walk and is hitting .316. He also stole his 20th base.
HUDSON VALLEY 4, Brooklyn 2. 2B Thomas Coyle had 3 hits including a double, and scored twice. He also had his 3rd stolen base.
Greeneville 8, Princeton 7. SS Brandon Martin went 3-4 with a walk and is hitting .241.