RAYS 5, A’s 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Getting Stronger. One benefit of being a big right-hander with a fastball that barely touches 90, is that Alex Cobb is less likely to tire as the game moves along. In fact, his fastball, which was 89-90 early in the game, was 91-92 in the final innings. He also had his plus-curveball, with 21 of 28 being thrown for strikes, including 3 swinging…Big Bats. The Rays scored all 5 of their run in the 5th inning, and the bats involved were a who’s who of Rays DL Alumni. Luke Scott got things rolling with a double that put 2 runners in scoring position with no outs. Sam Fuld later singled in a run. And both Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria had RBI basehits with 2 outs.
THE BAD: Potty Mouth. BJ Upton is stuck in a negative feedback loop. Upton makes faces and yells at umpires, which leads to more bad calls from the umpires, which leads to even more faces and yelling. And Upton just can’t find his way out of the mess. Last night in the 4th inning, Upton was called out on strikes and he went off on the umpire (LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE). He unleashed at least 2 BSs and 1 MFer (although there were no CSers which is a ticket straight to the clubhouse, do not pass go, do not collect $200). Do other players scream at umpires? Sure. But Upton does it a lot. And sometimes he does it on good pitches. And now he has a reputation that is not helping his career.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 2.5 games behind the Yankees (3 back in the loss column) and 2.5 games in front of the O’s, Tigers, and A’s.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Yankees are in danger of blowing the biggest lead in the history of their franchise. [ESPN]
- Joe Maddon picked up the tab at a local American Legion. [TampaBay.com]
- Prospect Leslie Anderson talks about how and why he defected from Cuba and how he ended up with the Rays. [NewsObserver.com]
- If you haven’t seen this throw by Domonic Brown yet, go watch. Wow. [BI Sports]
- My latest chart at BI takes a look at the amazing similarities between the careers of Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Pensacola 6, MONTGOMERY 0. Jacob Thompson dropped to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA after giving up 5 runs in 4.2 innings…3B Omar Luna had 2 of the Biscuits’ 4 hits.
Palm Beach 9, CHARLOTTE 2. Enny Romero gave up 7 runs in 4 innings, but just 2 were earned. He did allow 5 hits and 3 walks…2B Robby Price was 1-3 with a walk and his 5th stolen base.
BOWLING GREEN 2, Dayton 1 (13). The Hot Rods tied it in the 9th inning on DH Keith Castillo’s RBI single and then won it in the 13th with a walk-off double by C Alejandro Segovia.
HUDSON VALLEY 1, Connecticut 0. Jeff Ames struck out 8 and walked 1 in 5 shutout innings. He gave up just 1 hit and his ERA is now 1.44.
Bristol 4, PRINCETON 0. The Rays managed just 3 hits, all singles.