THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Cobb pitched a solid 7 innings giving up just 2 runs on just 2 hits and a walk. You can’t ask for more than that from a rookie pitching in Replica Yankee Stadium. What? Joe Maddon kept him for the start of the 8th inning? On a day when only one relief pitcher was unavailable? Well, let’s just pretend like that didn’t happen, and charge those runs to Maddon.
THE BAD: The Offense. Things looked good when Desmond Jennings led off the game with a single. But then the next 23 batters went 0-21 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch before Sean Rodriguez doubled in the 8th inning.
THE TELLING: The loss drops the Rays into third place, 1 game behind the Orioles and a half-game behind the Yankees…With Brandon Allen being designated for assignment yesterday, we should remember that it was almost exactly one year ago that the Rays did the same thing with Dan Johnson.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We have two GIFs from last night’s game below…
- Evan Longoria is hoping to start a rehab assignment early next week and could be back the week after that. [TampaBay.com]
- Evan Longoria is apparently growing out a DL Beard. [@RaysGameDay]
- CBSSports.com ranks the Rays 8th in the Power Rankings, but calls the NL East the “easy No. 1 for best division race.” [CBSSports.com]
- This is an amazing picture of the Durham Bulls. [@DurhamBulls]
- Where has the offense gone? [BRaysballTalk]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Scranton/WB 9, DURHAM 4. Lance Pendleton struck out 7 but walked 4 and allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 5.2 innings…Josh Lueke gave up 4 runs in 2.1 innings of relief…1B Henry Wrigley continues to hit well since being promoted, going 3-4 with his 5th home run…DH Leslie Anderson was 1-4…SS Reid Brignac went 0-2 with a walk.
Tennessee 3, MONTGOMERY 2. Alex Colome was pulled after just 3.2 innings having given up 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4…2B Tyler Bortnick was 2-4 with a double and a walk.
CHARLOTTE 4, Lakeland 1 (gm 1). Enny Romero gave up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out 6…2B Derek Dietrich had 2 hits including a double…CF Mikie Mahtook stole his 12th base.
Lakeland 10, CHARLOTTE 3 (gm 2). SS Derek Dietrich was 1-3 with a triple and an RBI…CF Mikie Mahtook was 1-3 with 2 strikeouts. He also stole his 13th base.
BOWLING GREEN 4, Lansing 4 (10-suspended). SS Jake Hager hit his 2nd home run…LF Josh Sale went 0-4 and CF Drew Vettleson was 1-4…2B Ryan Brett ent 1-4 with a walk and stole his 16th base.
BJ Upton just missed a home run, but he didn’t miss Nick Swisher’s face…