RAYS 5, Nationals 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Carlos Pena. It’s like Pena realized he can’t keep waiting around for Evan Longoria to come back and protect him in the lineup. Instead, Pena is taking things in his own hands. He had 2 more hits last night and now has 3 straight 2-hit games. The big blow was his 2-run home run. And as usual, the best part of his home run was that it was to center field. When Pena uses the entire field, it is often a sign that he is seeing the pitches better and is going to get hot…Jake McGee. It was supposed to be a classic 7-1-1 game. That is, David Price worked 7 strong innings and then he hands the ball of to Joel Peralta who then gives it to Fernando Rodney for the 9th inning. But after Peralta was ejected, McGee was unexpectedly needed. And without his typical warmup, he came into a 1-run game, threw 8 straight fastballs and got 3 straight groundouts.
THE BAD: More Players Gone. The big one of course is Joel Peralta who is facing probably a 10-game suspension. But on a lesser note was Matt Joyce being pulled from the game because of “tightness” in his back.
THE TELLING: Rays are now 38-29, 3 games behind the Yankees and one-half game behind the Orioles.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the <Read More> below for some GIFs from last night’s game.
- Evan Longoria is “pretty sore” but says his latest incident is not a “huge setback.” [TampaBay.com]
- Martin Fennelly writes about Matt Joyce and his father. [TBO.com]
- Former Bucs coach and current Redskins assistant coach Raheem Morris is expected to attend this series in DC. [TampaBay.com]
- So, why did Aqib Talib get off? Don’t ask his attorney. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 8, Rochester 2. With Chris Archer promoted to the Rays, Alex Torres went back into the rotation and had his best outing of the season, throwing 5 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit and 2 walks. He struck out 6…1B Stephen Vogt was 4-5 and hit his 4th home run…SS Reid Brignac hit his 3rd home run in the last 7 games. He has his average up to .204.
SOUTH 6, North 2. In the Southern League All-Star game, DH Kyeong Kang went 0-2 with a walk and 2B Omar Luna was 1-2.
CHARLOTTE 8, Palm Beach 6. C Lucas Bailey was 1-4 with a 3-run home run…SS Derek Dietrich 2-4 and RF Mikie Mahtook went 0-5 with 2 Ks.
EAST 18, West 2. In the Midwest League All-Star game, 3B Tyler Goeddel went 2-3 including a 2-run home run…LF Josh Sale was 0-2 with a walk..1B Jeff Malm went 1-2 with a walk and 2B Ryan Brett was 0-2 with a strikeout.
Aberdeen 8, HUDSON VALLEY 3. CF Marty Gantt went 3-4.
PRINCETON 8, Kingsport 4. Blake Snell, one of the Rays first-round picks in the 2011 draft, struck out 7 and walked 3 in 5 shutout inning. He allowed just 1 hit.
When it is just the fourth time getting on base in your career, it is hard to hide the smile…