Mets 9, RAYS 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Let’s assume Evan Longoria comes back and hits well right away. And let’s say Hideki Matsui continues to hit the ball hard. This offense could be ready to take off thanks to those two as well as a red hot Ben Zobrist. In his last 5 games, Zorilla is 11-19 and has driven in 8 runs.
THE BAD: Missed Chances. Let’s just ignore the pitching that allowed 29 runs in this series. The pitching is going to be fine. But oh gawd the hitting! There was the sixth inning when the Rays loaded the bases with no outs and both Sean Rodriguez (swinging) and Jose Lobaton (looking) struck out and the Rays failed to score. And then, when the Rays cut the lead to 3 in the 9th, they had 2 on and 1 out before going strikeout-walk-strikeout to end the game. Yes, the Rays scored 6 runs, and that will be good enough on most nights. But they also left some runs on the table on a day when they needed them.
THE TELLING: The Rays were outscored 29-9 this series. This was also the first time since 2005 that the Rays gave up at least 9 runs in 3 straight games…The Rays are now 2.5 behind the Yankees and 2 behind the Orioles with 99 games to go.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Evan Longoria (and Jeff Keppinger) will begin rehab assignments at triple-A Durham this weekend. Longoria is scheduled to DH on Saturday.
- Luke Scott went on the DL with a sore back. A corresponding move will be made today. Our best guess is that Rich Thompson will be coming back, although the Rays could certainly add some journeyman minor leaguer in a trade.
- Johnny Damon’s wife may have threatened to kick some dude’s heiny who was heckling her husband. [TheScore.com]
- Ken Rosenthal talks about the Mets decision to appeal the basehit ruling during RA Dickey’s win over the Rays. [Fox Sports]
- The Best Hangout Bars near the Trop. [TBO.com]
- The Durham Bulls are having a rough season. [WDBB]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 12, Lehyigh Valley 2. Chris Archer struck out 5 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks…DH Leslie Anderson was 3-5 with his 8th home run. He drove in 3…SS Reid Brignac homered and had a double.
MONTGOMERY 9, Huntsville 7. Alex Colome struck out 4 and walked 2, giving up 1 run and 4 hits in 5 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 2-5 with a walk. He’s hitting .243…2B Tyler Bortnick had a double, a walk and stole 3 bases. He now has 19 on the year.
Jupiter 10, CHARLOTTE 5. Kyle Farnsworth pitched 1 inning as part of his rehab assignment. He retired all 3 batters, striking out 1…CF Mikie Mahtook hit his 3rd home run…2B Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with a double.
West Michigan 9, BOWLING GREEN 1. The Hot Rods had just 5 hits and DH Cameron Seitzer’s double was the only extra-base hit…LF Josh Sale went 1-4 and is hitting .318…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-3 with a walk and 2 Ks.
So much to love about this…