THE GOOD: David Price. The Rays’ Ace deserved a better fate. As strong as the Rays’ bullpen is right now, the starters have done their job if they can give Joe Maddon 7 strong innings. And most of the time, that will be good enough. Yesterday it was not…Doin’ the ‘Los. Carlos Pena has now homered in 3 of the last 5 games and is now officially on one of his hot streaks. Let’s hope it sticks around for a while.
THE BAD: Kyle Farnsworth. We don’t want to pound on Farnsville too hard here. This soon back from injury, bad outings are to be expected. And without Joel Peralta (he worked 3 of 4 previous days), Joe Maddon went to his former closer in the 8th. Unfortunately, Farnsworth, who averaged 95 mph with his fastball when he was the closer, was only hitting 92-93 yesterday. And without that extra giddy-up, he may have been trying too hard to paint the corners and ended up walking four batters, including one with the bases loaded that tied the game. That’s not good for business. That’s not good for anybody…Luke Scott. Another 0-fer has left Luke Scott with no hits in his last 36 at bats, one shy of the club record. His average has dropped from .236 to .197. Joe Maddon says “we’ve got to stick with him”…Not So Sweet Swingin’. The Rays struck out a season-high 16 times. It was also the 24th time this season that the Rays have been struck out at least 10 times…
THE TELLING: The game took 3:47, the Rays’ second-longest 9-inning game this season…The Rays are 43-39, 6.5 back of the Yankees, and are 1.5 games behind the Orioles and Angels in the Wild Card standings. And according to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 25.4% shot at making the playoffs…The Rays will finish the first half with a 4-game set in Cleveland. It is the 3rd time in last 5 years the Rays have entered the break with a 4-game series against the Indians.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it earlier, Matt Joyce had a setback on his rehab assignment. [Rays Index]
- Jeff Keppinger is day-to-day with a triceps bruise. Also, Jeremy Hellickson says his shin is nearly 100% and Hideki Matsui is not 100% but was available to pinch-hit yesterday. [TampaBay.com]
- Stephen Vogt went on the DL at Durham after a collision at the plate left him with a possible concussion.
- Looks like Evan Longoria tamed his beard a bit. [Twitter]
- The Rays added two more post-game concerts. [TBO.com]
- Chris Archer talks about his big league debut, including how David Price took Archer under his wing. [NewsObserver.com]
- Our friends at Baseball News Source takes on Bud Selig’s recent comment on instant replay. [Baseball News Source]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 8, Norfolk 2. Jim Paduch struck out 4 and gave up 2 runs in 5 innings. He allowed 6 hits and walked 2…SS Tim Beckham hit his 2nd home run of the year and 2B Reid Brignac went 3-4 and hit his 6th home run. He drove in 4 and is now hitting .232…DH Leslie Anderson was 2-4…RF Matt Joyce went 0-2 with a walk before asking to be pulled from the game.
MONTGOMERY 8, Mobile 2. Matt Buschmann pitched 7 strong innings, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 and now has a 3.65 ERA…SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his hitting streak to 15 games with 2 more hits. He is now batting .267. He also stole his 28th base…RF Brett Nommensen hit his 2nd home run and LF Kyeong Kang hit his 10th.
Fort Myers 7, CHARLOTTE 5. SS Derek Dietrich went 2-5 with a 3-run double…OF Mikie Mahtook has not played since being pulled from a game on Monday after crashing into the outfield wall.
Fort Wayne 8, BOWLING GREEN 1. 2011 first round pick Tyler Goeddel hit his 6th home run…RF Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a walk and LF Josh Sale went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. Vettleson added his 11th steal.
Vermont 2, HUDSON VALLEY 1. DH Justin O’Connor was 2-4 with a double.
PRINCETON 6, Pulaski 5. 2011 first round pick Blake Snell gave up his first run in 4 pro starts, but it was the only one in 5 innings. His ERA is now 0.51 in 17.2 innings with 24 Ks and 7 walks.
Our old friend Rafael Soriano as a sprinkler…