RAYS 10, Orioles 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Longo Closer. Evan Longoria has left for a rehab assignment and is expected to strictly DH with the Durham Bulls, starting tonight. As Andrew Friedman mentioned earlier this week, Longo is just going to have to play through the pain. Interestingly, he says he can’t make it any worse. I’m not sure how that is possible short of replacing his hamstring with a bionic hamstring, but ok…David Price. At this point, it is just Pricey being Pricey. In 7 innings, he allowed just 1 run. But more impressive were the 10 strikeouts with no walks. Amazingly, that was just his 2nd start of the year with 10+ Ks and just his 2nd start with no walks. The Rays are now 6-1 in Price’s last 7 starts…Losing Matsui. The Rays cut Matsui, and then scored 10 runs. Coincidence? If the front office had just cut ties with Matsui 2 weeks ago, like the fans wanted. OK, maybe it was a coincidence…Tat Man Cometh. Ryan Roberts was in uniform and in the lineup and in his 2nd at bat hit a 2-run home run…Free Passes. The offense did hit well, but they also got a lot of help in the form of 7 walks and 4 hit batters…Lobatron. Jose Lobaton hit his first big league home run and was on base all 5 times. He drove in 4 of the runs and even received some ice cream in the dugout from Luke Scott.
THE BAD: Ben Zobrist. In his last 9 games, Zobrist has one 3-hit game and just 2 hits in the other 8 games combined. And after going 0-3 last night, he is now 1 for his last 12.
THE TELLING: The Rays have announced that their second Zim Bear giveaway will be Sept 3…The Rays are now 51-47, tied with the Orioles, and 2.5 games behind the A’s and Angels. They also trail the White Sox (2 games) and Tigers (2 games).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We’ve heard this before, but worth repeating. Jayson Stark spoke with one exec that says the Rays have a “big market” for Wade Davis. [ESPN]
- Stark also says the Rays are less likely to trade James Shields if Evan Longoria can make it back soon. [Twitter]
- Evan Longoria is still hoping to be able to play defense at some point, but that it might only be a few days a week at most. [TampaBay.com]
- Matt Moore lost a bet. He doubled-down. Lost again. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon had a funny reaction to being asked about Jose Lobaton’s mid-game ice cream treat. [RI Video]
- A Carolina Panthers player guaranteed a Super Bowl win? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 16, Gwinnett 8. Lance Pendleton gave up 8 runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3…CF Rich Thompson went 4-6 with a double and his 2nd home run. He added his 18th stolen base and is hitting .304…1B Henry Wrigley went 2-4 with a double and 4 RBI, raising his average to .345…DH Leslie Anderson was 1-5 with his 11th home run, and SS Reid Brignac had 2 hits, including his 8th home run…2B Tim Beckham went 2-5 with a walk.
MONTGOMERY 4, Jackson 3. Kyle Lobstein struck out 6 and walked just 1 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. He also stole two bases and tied the club record for reaching base in 37 straight games…RF Mikie Mahtook made his first start in double-A, batted cleanup, and hit 2 doubles in 4 at bats.
Fort Myers 12, CHARLOTTE 4. Enny Romero was pounded for 8 runs (7 earned) in just 3 innings, raising his ERA to 4.06. It is the second time in his last 3 starts that he has given up at least 7 runs…SS Derek Dietrich went 3-4 with a triple. He’s hitting .285.
BOWLING GREEN 15, Lansing 13 (13). 2B Ryan Brett was 2-6 including a 2-run double in the top of the 13th…SS Jake Hager went 2-7 with his 6th home run, 8th stolen base, and 4 RBI…RF Drew Vettleson went 2-6 with a walk…LF Josh Sale went 1-3 with a triple and 3 walks. On the season he has 38 walks and just 42 strikeouts.
HUDSON VALLEY 10, Tri-City 9 (12). LF Marty Gantt was 3-5 including the game-winning 2-out RBI single in the 12th inning.
PRINCETON. no game scheduled