Orioles 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Finding Power. The Rays finally found some power and it was wasted on a loss. Desmond Jennings led off the game with a home run. And then, just when it looked like the Rays were going down in another ugly loss, Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria homered in the 8th inning to make it a 1-run game…Brandon Gomes. After closing the gap to one run, the Rays needed to keep the Orioles in check in the bottom of the 8th to have a shot in the 9th. The last thing the Rays needed was Cesar Ramos coming in and walking the first batter he faced. Enter Gomes, who gave up a sac bunt pushing the runner into scoring position. He then retired the next to batters to keep the game close and give the Rays a chance.
THE BAD: Roberto Hernandez. Sometimes, pitchers pitch just good enough to lose. That was Fausto last night. Of the 16 outs he recorded, 15 were either groundballs (8) or strikeouts (7). That is exactly what you want to see. But if the batters got the ball elevated, they hit it hard, as 4 of the 5 hits he allowed were either doubles (3) or a home run (1). He also struggled with batters early in innings. Four of the 6 leadoff hitters he faced reached base. All 4 of those base runners went on to score.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 4-9, matching their worst record after 13 games (2001,2005)…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays still have a 22.2% chance of making the playoffs. That’s actually better than the Blue Jays at 19.8%…Luke Scott ran yesterday, but only at 60%.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Many teams honored the city of Boston by playing “Sweet Caroline” during last night’s games. Here is video of the song at Yankee Stadium. [BI Sports]
- Buster Olney takes a guess at the teams that will be interested in trading for David Price. He lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers. [ESPN Insider]
- The number of African-American players in Major League Baseball has held steady the last decade. [BI Sports]
- Here are some of the images from the Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Dodger Stadium. [BI Sports]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 2, DURHAM 1. SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-3 with 2 walks and has been on base 24 times in 12 games…RF Wil Myers had a single and a triple in 4 at bats. He has been on base 22 times in 11 games.
MONTGOMERY 9, Mobile 3. RF Mikie Mahtook was 1-3 with a double and a walk…C Mark Thomas hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam.
St. Lucie 13, CHARLOTTE 3. 1B Alejandro Segovia hit his 3rd home run…3B Richie Shaffer went 1-3 with 2 strikeouts.
BOWLING GREEN 2, Great Lakes 0. 2011 First-round pick Jeff Ames, struck out 8 and walked none in 5 shutout innings. He gave up just 1 hit…CF Andrew Toles had 3 hits including a triple. He has 19 hits in 11 games.