Royals 1, RAYS 0 (10) (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. Brutal. For the second time this month, David Price was on the losing end of a 1-0 ballgame. And this time he was even better, striking out 8 and walking none in 8 innings.
THE BAD: Knocking The Ball Down. It was an ugly play on many levels. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, the inning should have ended on a groundball to Ben Zobrist. But his throw was wide. And Carlos Pena, was unable to knock down the throw as he may have been distracted by the runner who was clearly inside the baseline. The result was a runner on second base instead of first, who would then score on a weak single…There Are Still Gonna Be Days Like This. Only 2 hits in 10 innings, and the second didn’t come until 2 outs in the 9th. In fact, only twice did the Rays have a runner on base with less than 2 outs. And one of those, Matt Joyce, was picked off first base. And Luke Hochevar? C’mon! It is just the 2nd time this season he has pitched 8 innings. The other? When he shutout the Rays back in June…Anybody Want To Jump Back On The ‘Fire Derek Shelton’ Train? This was the 17th 1-0 loss in Rays history and 7 have occurred since the start of the 2010 season. Also, this was the 5th 1-0 loss in extra innings, and 3 have happened in the last 13 months. To be fair, it takes good pitching to lose 1-0, something the Rays did not have early in their existence. But still, it also takes an offense capable of putrid things. And I am not saying the offense is bad. But it is capable of taking a dump the Trop’s turf a little more often than most teams.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria started at third base for the first time since April…Luke Scott was back in the lineup at DH and doubled…The Rays are 68-55, and remain 4 games behind the Yankees and 1 game in front of the Orioles.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Last night’s game was the best pitching duel of the season. [Baseball Nation]
- Evan Longoria and Joe Maddon talk about what we can expect from Longo at third base. [TampaBay.com]
- Ken Rosenthal suggests that David Price could be a good fit for the Rangers via trade this winter. [MLBTR]
- Derek Jeter is on pace for a career high in hits. Oh yeah, and he is 38. [BI Sports]
- A great scene yesterday at the Little League World Series where Uganda became the first team from Africa to win a game. [BI Sports Video]
- Guess who is going to be blacked out locally again? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 3, Charlotte 1. Lance Pendleton struck out 6 and walked 3 in 6 innings. He allowed 1 run on 5 hits…3B Cole Figueroa had 3 hits including a double…RF Rich Thompson was 1-3 with a walk and is hitting .310…LF Leslie Anderson hit his 13th home run…DH Henry Wrigley was 0-4 and is just 7 for his last 40 (.175)…SS Reid Brignac had a single and a double and is now hitting .237…2B Tim Beckham had a double in 4 at bats.
MONTGOMERY 4, Pensacola 2. Kyle Lobstein struck out 7 in 6 shutout innings. He walked 2 and gave up just 2 hits…RF Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with an RBI…Derek Dietrich went 0-6 with 3 Ks in the double-header.
MONTGOMERY 3, Pensacola 1. Matt Buschmann tossed a 7-inning complete game, striking out 3 and walking 4…C Mayo Acosta drove in 2 including a solo home run, his 4th…RF Mikie Mahtook went 0-3 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .252.
CHARLOTTE @ Palm Beach. postponed
BOWLING GREEN 3, South Bend 1. RF Drew Vettleson was 1-3 with a walk and is now hitting .288…1B Jeff Malm was 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
HUDSON VALLEY 4, Connecticut 0. Jesse Hahn tossed 5 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit and a walk. He struck out 6…2B Thomas Coyle hit his 3rd home run of the season.
PRINCETON 5, Danville 2. DH Omar Narvaez was 3-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .331.