Red Sox 7, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Flash Jennings. After the comeback win on Saturday night, things looked good when Desmond Jennings, batting 7th, drove in 2 runs with a single with 2 outs in the first, giving the Rays an early lead. Unfortunately, James Shields gave the lead right back in the 2nd inning.
THE BAD: Wasted Hits. The Rays entered the game 15-4 in games in which they had 10 hits. Make that 15-5 now after the Rays managed 10 hits, 5 walks, and a hit batter, and yet only managed 3 runs. And why did the Rays fail to score more runs? A lot has to do with striking out 10 times. Some will argue that a strikeout is no worse than any other out. But strikeouts don’t advance runners. And this was the 29th time this season that the Rays have struck out 10+ times, second only to the Orioles in the AL…James Shields. “Big Game” has now given up 4+ runs in 5 straight starts, and once again, the changeup wasn’t lethal (just 6 swing-and-misses) and Shields was bit by the home run bug (gave up 2)...Boss of the Ks. BJ Upton struck out 3 times. It was the third time he has done so in the last 8 games.
THE TELLING: The Rays are 46-43, just one-half game behind the Orioles in the Wild Card race…Matt Joyce began a rehab assignment yesterday with single-A Charlotte, going 1-3 with a double and a walk…Sam Fuld has now moved his rehab assignment to triple-A Durham…Evan Longoria took batting practice and fielder grounders this weekend.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- MLB.tv had a massive failure on Friday night. And their “apology” just added insult to injury. [BI Sports]
- Why did Hideki Matsui start on Sunday when Luke Scott has a .407 career average against Josh Beckett? [TBO.com]
- Marc Topkin speculates that Hideki Matsui may be sent packing when Matt Joyce is activated (maybe as early as Wednesday). [TampaBay.com]
- Catching up with Dan Johnson, who is once again have a great season…in triple-A. [HeraldOnline.com]
- Will it be the fault of the fans if the Bucs are blacked out this season? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 4, DURHAM 0. 1B Henry Wrigley went 3-4 with 2 doubles and is now hitting .342…DH Leslie Anderson also went 3-4 to raise his average to .315.
Mobile 11, MONTGOMERY 3. Matt Buschmann was pounded for 9 runs in 6 innings, raising his ERA to 4.17…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 and DH Ryan Garko hit his 7th home run.
Daytona 4, CHARLOTTE 3. Matt Joyce played right field and went 1-3 with a double and a walk…CF Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 with a walk…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-4.
BOWLING GREEN 4, Peoria 2. LF Josh Sale was 0-1, but walked 3 times…1B Jeff Malm went 1-4 with a walk.
Mahoning Valley @ HUDSON VALLEY. postponed
Burlington 2, PRINCETON 0. Blake Snell, a 2011 first round pick, gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings. He now has a 0.99 ERA in 27.1 innings.
PRINCETON 3, Burlington 1 (game 2). Andrew Toles, a third round pick this year, was 1-2 with a walk and is hitting .341.