Mariners 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: John Jaso. If there is one guy that I feel good for today it is Jaso. Good for him. I haven’t watched the Mariners enough to know if he has improved his defensive mechanics at all (they were awful with the Rays). But dude is raking at the plate and he just caught a perfect game.
THE BAD: Perfected Again. 27 up, 27 down, for the 3rd time in 4 seasons matching the Dodgers MLB record. A record that took the Dodgers 108 seasons to set…Joe Maddon. The Rays have a B-team offense to start with, even with Evan Longoria. And yesterday, Joe Maddon, against one of the best pitchers in baseball put in his C-team lineup. No Desmond Jennings and no Jeff Keppinger…Derek Shelton. I usually am a defender of Shelton. Not because I think he does a good job, but because I think his influence is a bit overrated. But there have now been three no-hitters thrown against the Rays on his watch. And while he didn’t swing a bat during any of those, he had a damn good seat for all three. Would another hitting coach be any better? Maybe not. But sometimes guys just need a different voice…King Efficiency. Who knows if the alternative would have been any better, but the Rays certainly didn’t help matters by being so aggressive at the plate. Felix Hernandez only threw a first pitch strike to 16 of 27 batters. But of the first 8 batters to see a strike on the first pitch, five swung at the pitch. The Rays became more patient (or maybe tighter) later in the game, but by then, King Felix was in a groove and it probably no longer mattered.
THE TELLING: Felix Hernandez was on the mound for 41 minutes. For comparison, Mark Buehrle was only on the mound for 32 minutes during his perfecto against the Rays…Contrary to yesterday’s report, Luke Scott did not catch a flight to Anaheim. It now sounds like Scott will rejoin the club on their next homestand with Scott getting some work with the glove in the meantime…The Rays are now 63-54, 0.5 games ahead of the Tigers for the second Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon was ejected in the 7th inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Mariners manager Eric Wedge wasn’t happy, thinking that Maddon was just trying to disrupt Hernandez. [TampaBay.com]
- Sean Rodriguez considered bunting with 2 outs in the 9th. But when the count got to 2-0 he thought he could hit a double or a home run. HAHAHAHAHA. The guy hitting .206 with just 6 home runs in over 300 at bats thought he could go deep off of Felix Hernandez one out from a perfect game. There’s being confident. And there’s having a false sense of one’s own abilities. [TampaBay.com]
- The “Knothole Rays”? Is there anybody under 30 that even knows what that means? [TBO.com]
- I’m taking this perfect game a lot better than I took the first one in 2009. Maybe I am just getting used to them. But then again, that team was 4 back in the Wild Card in late July and would miss the playoffs. [RaysIndex]
- Stuart Sternberg and the Rays are being sued by a company that says the Rays stole their idea for eGraphs.com. [TampaBay.com]
- What happened to all the superstars in baseball? [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 9, Columbus 7. Cesar Ramos had his 3 straight rough start proving that the transition to the rotation either won’t work or is not going to be as easy as some hoped. This time he allowed 6 runs in 6 innings, including 2 home runs…LF Chris Gimenez had 2 home runs, his 8th and 9th and is now hitting .335…2B Will Rhymes added his 4th home run…SS Tim Beckham went 1-5.
MONTGOMERY 9, Huntsville 6. Kyle Lobstein allowed 5 runs in 5 innings…RF Mikie Mahtook was 0-5 with 2 Ks and 2B Derek Dietrich went 2-4 with an RBI…C Mark Thomas hit his 3rd home run.
CHARLOTTE 6, Bradenton 3. Braulio Lara walked 5 in 5 innings, but allowed just 1 unearned run…RF Todd Glaesmann hit his 4th home run, and DH Phil Wunderlich added his 8th.
BOWLING GREEN 4, Great Lakes 1. LF Josh Sale was 2-3 with his 10th home run. He is hitting .260.
HUDSON VALLEY 2, Connecticut 0. Eduar Quinonez struck out 5 and walked none in 5 shutout innings. He gave up just 1 hit.
Burlington 2, PRINCETON 0. Kevin Brandt, an 18th round pick this year, made his 4th start and pitched 5 perfect innings with 8 strikeouts. In 4 starts he has a 0.95 ERA with 22 strikeouts and just 2 walks.