RAYS 8, A’s 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: James the Greater. After having 11 complete games and 4 shutouts in 2011. And just hours after the trade deadline passed. James Shields went out and tossed his first shutout of the year, and had easily his best start of the year. In fact, with a Game Score of 92 (measures how strong a pitcher’s performance was), Shields had the 10th best pitching performance in all baseball this year. Yeah, I bet there are teams have second thoughts on the trade deadline…BJ Upton. One night after posting the first 0-7 game in Rays history, Upton rebounded with 2 hits, and drove in the first run of the night.
THE BAD: Carlos Pena. Hitless in 3 at bats and is now hitting .195. And yes, he draws a lot of walks. But considering he doesn’t get hits, his OBP is still only .320 which is below average.
THE TELLING: Brooks Conrad was optioned to Durham and replaced by Josh Lueke. After the 15-inning marathon, the Rays needed an extra bullpen arm…The Rays are 54-50, 2.5 games behind the A’s in the Wild Card race, 1 game behind the Orioles, and tied with the Tigers.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it last night, Evan Longoria is “sore” and did not play last night, meaning he won’t be back with the Rays this weekend. This is definitely a setback. The only question is how big of a setback. [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays set a number of club records during their 15-inning marathon. [TampaBay.com]
- We told you recently that Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, who has been the most vocal politician in the Rays stadium debate, wanted to know if legally, the Rays can talk to Hillsborough County. Well, a lawyer for the county looked into and says it is OK to talk. Of course, this doesn’t mean it will happen. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon talks about how strong the bullpen has been. [TBO.com]
- Cesar Ramos is looking like a solid starting pitcher all of a sudden. [WDBB]
- Don’t forget to check out JoeBucsFan for all your Bucs training camp info. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 1, Norfolk 0. Cesar Ramos is taking nicely to his new role as a starting pitcher, throwing 5.2 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3…C Chris Gimenez had a double and drove in the only run with a single. He also had a walk in 4 plate appearances.
Mississippi 10, MONTGOMERY 4. SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-3 with 2 walks. He also committed 2 errors and has 23 for the year…2B Derek Dietrich went 2-4 and RF Mikie Mahtook had a single and a walk.
Tampa 6, CHARLOTTE 4. 3B Riccio Torrez hit his 7th home run.
BOWLING GREEN 5, Great Lakes 0. Parker Markel tossed 7 shutout innings, striking out 8 and walking none…Ryan Brett stole 3 bases, giving him 39 for the year.
HUDSON VALLEY. no game scheduled
PRINCETON 1, Burlington 0. Lefty Kevin Brandt struck out 6 and walked 1 in 4 shutout innings…Andrew Toles went 2-4 with a double and is now hitting .370.