Blue Jays 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Give Me A Moment. Well, there was the. No. Oh yeah, Luke Scott had a. Noooo. Ummmm. Surely BJ Upton had a. Nope. I give up.
THE BAD: Zero. That is 9 times this season that the Rays have been shutout. And it was the 6th time in August! The 9 shutouts is already more than the Rays had in 2008, 2009, or 2010. And that may seem bad (it is), but did you know the Rays were shutout 15 times last year? I think it just seems worse this year because it feels like they all happened in the last two weeks. And last year there were a lot of 6-0 and 7-0 losses. This year they are 1-0 and 2-0 which makes it feel like more like the Rays are missing huge opportunities.
THE TELLING: Luke Scott started at 1B, and Carlos Pena will now share that position with Scott and Jeff Keppinger…The Rays are now 1.5 games behind the Orioles for the 2nd Wild Card. And all of a sudden, catching the Yankees doesn’t seem so important anymore (the Rays trail the Yankees by 4.5, 5 in the loss column).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Reid Brignac, Chris Gimenez, Cesar Ramos, and Rich Thompson will join the Rays on Saturday as the first batch of September call-ups. [TampaBay.com]
- Scott Kazmir picked up his first win at any level since 2010, when he beat the Rays. [Sugar Land Skeeters]
- Here’s the bizarre baseball playoffs commercial we may be seeing a lot of in the next month. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Norfolk 3, DURHAM 1. Matt Torra allowed 2 runs in 6.1 innings in his final start. He finishes with 12 wins and a 4.10 ERA…C Stephen Vogt was 2-4 with a double…1B Leslie Anderson went 1-4 and DH Henry Wrigley was 0-4.
MONTGOMERY 10, Huntsville 3. RF Mikie Mahtook had 2 singles, a walk and his 4th stolen base…2B Derek Dietrich was 2-5 and C Mark Thomas hit his 4th home run.
Fort Myers 8, CHARLOTTE 7 (10). DH Phil Wunderlich his his 9th home run.
Lake County 11, BOWLING GREEN 4. RF Drew Vettleson was 0-4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
HUDSON VALLEY 3, Brooklyn 1. 3B Richie Shaffer was 0-4 and is hitting .287.
PRINCETON. Season is over