RAYS 5, Orioles 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. The King is dominating. Price has completed at least 7 innings in 6 straight starts and last night was one of his best outings this season. He retired the first 13 batters he faced, and 5 of those on strikes…Hideki Matsui. Tere is still a lot of pop in Godzilla’s bat. And last night he hit his second home run, with this one hitting the back wall traveling 434 feet…Golden D. For one night at least the Rays were finally flashing some leather. There was Matt Joyce making a gorgeous running grab over his head in the 4th inning. And there was BJ Upton nailing a runner at second base for the third out just before a run crossed the plate, keeping the shutout intact. And speaking of that play…Todd Kalas. TK was filling in for Brian Anderson. You can see video of BJ Upton’s throw at THIS LINK. It was an unusual play with a lot of moving pieces. And TK nailed the call. Notice that you get a sense early that this should be a routine play. He immediately recognizes that everybody is tagging up. He sees the play at second base and the excitement grows throughout the call and let’s us know right away just how important the out was at second.
THE BAD: Burke Badenhop. It should have been a night off for Fernando Rodney. But Badenhop came in to start the 9th inning with a 5-0 lead and promptly gave up 3 singles to the 4 batters he faced. With only 1 out, Joe Maddon was forced to go to Honey Badger for the final 2 outs.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now alone in first place, one game ahead of the Orioles…Evan Longoria could return to the Rays before the All-Star break, but is still 2 weeks from starting a rehab assignment...LL Cool J will perform after tonight’s game.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click below for some funny videos from Sun Sports’ post-game show.
- Greg Schiano threw out the first pitch before last night’s game. [JoeBucsFan]
- Here are all the key plays from Johan Santana’s no-hitter, which gives the Mets as many no-nos as the Rays. [BI Sports]
- Four members of the Charlotte Stone Crabs were named to the FSL All-Star team including 2011 draft pick Mikie Mahtook. [RaysProspects]
- We are probably never going to see Alex Rodriguez be dominant again. [BI Sports]
- Here’s lesson on how to go watch the Rays and still be thrifty at the same time. [BRaysball Talk]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 3, Louisville 1. Desmond Jennings went 1-4 playing left field.
MONTGOMERY 9, Mississippi 1. Alex Colome struck out 10 and walked 3 in just 5 innings. He now has 25 Ks in 17 innings this season.
Dunedin @ CHARLOTTE. (postponed)
In a bizarre scene, The Trop went completely black with fans still in the house and the post-game show still going on…