RAYS 4, A’s 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Another day, another strong pitching performance. Cobb gave up just 1 run in 7 innings with the classic 7-1-1 (SP, setup, closer). He struck out 6 and walked 1. It was easily his second best start of the year, only surpassed by his 10 K, 7 shutout innings against the Marlins. But I am still not sure this is enough to bump Jeff Niemann to the bullpen when he returns. It could however, give Joe Maddon an excuse to go with a 6-man rotation for a couple of weeks just to give some of the guys a little extra rest…Carlos Pena. We always start to perk up a little bit when El Gato has a good game at the plate. This one had two hits, including a home run. And he now has 3 multi-hit games in the last 7. But we’ve been down this road too many times. I’m going to hold off on the excitement a little longer.
THE BAD: Day Off Needed. I cannot remember a series ever being as exhausting as this one for the fans. The one most will point to is the Red Sox series last year that included the 16 inning, 6-hour marathon. But that game was over before 1:00 am, and it was the final game of a weekend series. In this case, the first game of the series ended at 3:00 am and it was followed by another late game the next night and an early game the day after that. Usually I hate off-days. But man, today’s break is a welcome one.
THE TELLING: Josh Lueke was optioned back to Durham after the game. Rays will likely call up a bat tomorrow (Will Rhymes? Reid Brignac?)…Luke Scott could start a rehab assignment next week…The Rays are now 55-50, 1.5 games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card, tied with the Tigers and Orioles.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you are curious, here is some of the Olympics coverage I am doing over at BI Sports. I literally spent tens of minutes putting this image together. [BI Sports]
- Hideki Matsui was officially granted his release after declining an offer to go to the minors and stay in the Rays organization. But we all knew that was going to happen. [Marc Topkin]
- Fernando Rodney is doing some pretty badass things this year. [HardballTalk]
- Well, this makes Carlos Pena’s RAAYS jersey seem not so bad. [RotoAuthority]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM. no game scheduled
MONTGOMERY 7, Mississippi 1. DH Kyeong Kang went 2-4 with his 13th home run…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI…RF Mikie Mahtook had 2 singles and stole his first base since being promoted.
Tampa 6, CHARLOTTE 1. CF Kevin Kiermaier walked 3 times and is hitting .330.
Great Lakes 9, BOWLING GREEN 2. C Alejandro Segovia hit his 12th home run of the year…3B Tyler Goeddel was 0-2 with a walk, but stole his 25th base…RF Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a double. He’s hitting .288…LF Josh Sale went 0-4.
HUDSON VALLEY 4, Staten Island 2. C Jake Depew went 2-3 to raise his average to .180.
PRINCETON 6, Pulaski 0 (6).Blake Snell tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking 3. His ERA is now 1.79 in 9 starts with 46 Ks in 40.1 innings.