Indians 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Help Is On The Way. Matt Joyce sent out a tweet last night saying he would be back in the Rays lineup tonight. The Rays say they have not made a decision, but Joyce seems to have his mind made up.
THE BAD: Alex Cobb. Since the start without a bullpen, in which Cobb had to throw 8 innings despite giving up 8 runs, he has pitched just 14.2 innings in 3 starts with an ERA of 5.52. And last night he was lucky he only gave up 3 runs (2 earned). Of the 18 batters he faced, he gave up 5 hits and 5 walks…Not So Sweet Swingin. The Rays struck out 10 times. It was the 7th straight game in which they have struck out at least 9 times…Not Shelton’s Fault. Out of 316 hitters with 110 ABs (prior to last night), Will Rhymes ranks 284th with a .601 OPS. And he was hitting leadoff for the Rays last night. It’s not Derek Shelton’s fault that Rhymes is not a good hitter. And it’s not Shelton’s fault that Rhymes is hitting leadoff. He went 0-3, but did walk twice. Meanwhile, the Rays regular leadoff hitter, Desmond Jennings, did hit a home run.
THE TELLING: Last night’s game actually took the same amount of time (3:36) as the Josh Beckett game on Sunday…The Rays are now one game behind the Detroit Tigers for the 2nd Wild Card spot, one of 7 teams within 2 games of each other.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it yesterday, you can win a fun prize if you can guess when Longo will play his next official game with the Rays. You just have to head over to our Facebook page. Don’t be scare. [RI Facebook]
- Joe Maddon says he would prefer to keep the Rays core intact and not trade a player like James Shields. [TBO.com]
- The Bucs are valued at almost $1 billion. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Lehigh Valley 6, DURHAM 3. C Chris Gimenez went 2-3 with a walk and a double. He’s hitting .338…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4 and is hitting .231…DH Stephen Vogt drove in 2, had 2 singles, and a walk.
Mobile 8, MONTGOMERY 7 (14). SS Hak-Ju Lee had a single and 2 walks in 6 plate appearances. He also stole a base, his 32nd.
CHARLOTTE 5, Daytona 3. SS Derek Dietrich was 1-5 and RF Mikie Mahtook went 1-4 with a triple and a walk.
Peoria 8, BOWLING GREEN 3. In an odd boxscore, the Hot Rods had 9 hits, 1 be every batter in the lineup. 2B Ryan Brett also walked twice and stole his 33rd base.
HUDSON VALLEY 3, Mahoning Valley 2 (game 1). 2011 first round pick Jeff Ames struck out 7 and walked 2 in 4 innings. He allowed 1 unearned run and now has an ERA of 0.96.
Mahoning Valley 10, Hudson Valley 6 (game 2). 3B Leonardo Reginatto had 2 hits (4 in the double-header) and is now hitting .313.
Burlington 10, PRINCETON 3. SS Brandon Martin went 1-5 with a double.