Orioles 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Cy Young? In a season of great starts, David Price may have had his best yet when tossed 8 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and 3 walks. It was just the third time this season he has worked 8 full innings. But this one was wasted as the Rays couldn’t get the win. The Rays are now 14-8 in games started by Price and 42-44 in all other games.
THE BAD: Epitomized. This game summed up the Rays season perfectly. Great pitching. No hitting. And an injury. David Price had his great start wasted. The Rays haven’t scored a run since the 6th inning on Friday night. And Ben Zobrist left with back spasms. The Rays say it is not serious, which means he is probably headed to the DL (I joke!)…Curious Coaching. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Rays got the leadoff runner on and then Joe Maddon had Sean Rodriguez bunt him over to second. It didn’t work as Joyce got thrown out at third and then Ryan Roberts struck out. But what is curious is that Maddon did not do the same thing in the 7th inning after Carlos Pena singled to start the inning. The Rays are not a big bunting team. But it was clear 1 run was going to win this game. And Maddon showed he will bunt when just 1 run is needed. Instead, Roberts (who is hitting .094 with the Rays) flied out and the Rays didn’t score.
THE TELLING: Amazingly, the back-to-back shutouts were just the 4th and 5th times this season the Rays have been shutout…The Orioles have won 11 straight extra-inning games…Hak-Ju Lee had his streak of reaching base in 46 straight games snapped on Saturday…The Rays are now 56-52, 2 games behind the A’s and Tigers in the Wild Card, but also behind the Angels and Orioles…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 26.4% chance of making the playoffs.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon says it is “50-50″ that the Rays’ next game on Tuesday will have Evan Longoria in the lineup. [Marc Topkin]
- Luke Scott could start a rehab assignment by the end of the week. But he might as well take his time. If Evan Longoria does come back this week, there won’t be a lot of at bats for Scott. Also, Jeff Niemann will make the first of four rehab starts on Wednesday. [TampaBay.com]
- Marc Topkin spoke to Stu Sternberg about the state of the team. [TampaBay.com]
- Don’t look now, but JP Howell is pitching very well. But it’s OK to keep hating him, because the Rays have other good relievers and Howell’s antics are annoying. [TampaBay.com]
- Wait. The Bucs are spending money? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Gwinnett 6, DURHAM 4. Cesar Ramos’ third start since moving to the rotation did not go as well as the last one, giving up 3 runs in 4 innings on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 2…DH Evan Longoria went 2-3 with a walk…SS Reid Briganc was 2-2 with a walk, but did commit his 8th error…1B Henry Wrigley and RF Leslie Anderson each went 0-3 and are hitting .323 and .309 respectively.
Jacksonville 7, MONTGOMERY 1. Jake Thompson gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 4. His ERA is now 5.43…SS Hak-Ju Lee hit his 4th home run and also drew a walk…DH Kyeong Kang went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts.
Jupiter 2, CHARLOTTE 0. Victor Mateo gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out 3 and walking none…1B Phil Wunderlich had 3 of the Stone Crabs’ 5 hits, all singles.
Fort Wayne 7, BOWLING GREEN 2 (GM 1). CF Drew Vettleson was 2-3 with his 11th home run….LF Josh Sale went 2-4.
BOWLING GREEN 7, FORT WAYNE 4 (GM 2). 3B Tyler Goeddel went 2-3 with a double and a triple and drove in 3 runs.
HUDSON VALLEY @ Jamestown. postponed
Kingsport 3, PRINCETON 1. SS Brandon Martin went 1-4 with a double.