RAYS 8, White Sox (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. Price finally picked up his first win of the season, striking out 9 and walking just 2 in 7 innings. His struggled a bit to keep his pitch count in check, needing 119, 50 of which were out of the strikezone (well, 49 were out of the strikezone). But at times, his fastball looked as good as it has all season. Hopefully this will be the turning point for King David…Ben Zobrist. Zobrist went through a bit of a cold stretch in which he had just 2 hits in 5 games. But he seemed to enjoy the White Sox pitching this weekend, going 5-10 with a double and a home run.
THE BAD: Tom Hallion. First of all, the call was horrible. Then he escalates a situation that didn’t need to be escalated by approaching Price. Then he publicly calls Price a liar. Absolute amateur-hour all the way around. You can read more about the situation, and see video of the play at this link. And you guys know me, I’m not one to jump on the umpires very often. But there are ways in which a player can show up an umpire, and what Price did was not one of them. There is nothing in the rules that says a player can’t be upset about a call. What he can’t do is argue balls-and-strikes (he never argued). And you can’t get in an umpire’s face. But it is an emotional game and Price is a competitor. There was absolutely nothing wrong with what Price did.
THE TELLING: Luke Scott had a single, a double, and a strikeout in 5 at bats in his latest rehab game…Both Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar could be back in the lineup on Tuesday…The Rays are 12-13, 6 games behind the Red Sox. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 40.8% chance of making the playoffs…A 17-year-0old that has yet to play a game for the Rays has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for something he shouldn’t have been taking…The Rays are one game short of tying the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run (15).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin has the more comments from Tom Hallion. [TampaBay.com]
- Here’s another reaction to the Tom Hallion-David Price confrontation. [TampaBaySportsCentral]
- The Durham Bulls turned a triple-play. Here’s the video. [WatchingDurhamBullsBaseball]
- How did the Bucs do this weekend at the draft? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 13, Syracuse 3. JD Martin struck out 6 and walked none in 6 innings. But allowed 3 runs on 10 hits…Wil Myers was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. He is hitting .309…Leslie Anderson was also 1-5 and is down to .291.
Birmingham 14, MONTGOMERY 8. Enny Romero gave up 4 runs in 3 innings on 3 hits and 4 walks…Mikie Mahtook was 3-5 with a double and a triple, raising his average to .237. He also stole his 6th base…Todd Glaesmann hit his 4th home run of the season.
Lakeland 11, CHARLOTTE 4. Luke Scott went 2-5 with a double…Richie Shaffer was 1-4. He’s hitting .197.
BOWLING GREEN 9, Peoria 4. Marty Gantt hit his 4th home run and added a pair of walks.