RAYS 2, Rangers 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. His pitch count was out of control meaning he had to be pulled with just one out in the 6th inning. But considering the conditions (very cold and very wet), Moore did great to keep the Rangers off the board. And after struggling in March, Moore has now thrown 11.1 innings and has not allowed a run…Gold Glovin’. With the tying runs in scoring position and just one out in the 8th inning, Ben Zobrist caught a flyball in right field and fired home to double up the runner tagging from third. In addition, Jose Lobaton made a perfect play, shielding the plate with his left leg and executing a perfect tag. It was the Rays’ third double-play of the day…Marty Foster. Rangers fans were calling it a make-up call for the missed strike call on Monday night. But his interference call in the 6th was absolutely the right call (see slide below). At the time, the Rangers had the bases loaded with just one out. If the call is not made, the Rangers score one run and the inning is still alive.
THE BAD: Left-Handed Lineup. There is something very wrong with the roster if Sean Rodriguez is hitting second just because a left-hander is on the mound. Joe Maddon did try to compensate by moving Evan Longoria up to third. But wouldn’t it make more sense to move Ben Zobrist up to second, followed by Longo and then Shelley Duncan? Maddon did say he wanted Zobrist behind Longo in the hopes that Longo would get better pitches. But it also leaves a big hole in the lineup at the top.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria served as the DH, essentially giving him two straight days off from the field with today’s off-day…The game was delayed by rain for more than an hour…Fernando Rodney picked up the Rays’ first save of the season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays added some catching depth by trading for minor leaguer Juan Apodaca from the Rangers. He will go to triple-A. [Marc Topkin]
- Jeff Niemann had his shoulder surgery yesterday and like every other surgery in the history of sports, it was described as “successful.” [TampaBay.com]
- Along the same lines as the K-9 District, the Durham Bulls now have a special section called “WilVille” in honor of Wil Myers. It comes with a t-shirt. [MiLB]
- A Jets blogger has lost his mind. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 10, Gwinnett 6. Chris Archer struck out 7 in 5 innings, but gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and a walk…Leslie Anderson was 3-4 with 2 home runs. He also had a walk…CF Jason Bourgeois had 3 doubles and 2 walks…LF Brandon Guyer went 0-4 and RF Wil Myers had a pair of singles and a walk. He is 9-25 (.360) in 6 games…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-4 and is 7-20 overall (.350).
MONTGOMERY 4, Jackson 3. Matt Buschmann threw 6 shutout innings. He struck out 5 and walked none.
CHARLOTTE 4, Bradenton 3. RF Drew Vettleson was 1-5 with a double.
BOWLING GREEN 10, Lansing 1. Blake Snell struck out 9 and walked none in 4.2 innings. He allowed 1 run on a solo home run…LF Marty Gantt had 3 more hits and is now 10-19 in 6 games.