Orioles 10, RAYS 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Offense. The good news is the bats have woken up. The Rays scored 16 runs in their 3-game series against the Orioles after scoring just 10 runs in the previous 7 games. And the big surprise has been James Loney who has 6 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run in the last two games.
THE BAD: David Price. Another rough outing for Price who has yet to look overpowering this season. His fastball got off to a slow start, literally. In the first two innings it was 91-94 and he gave up 3 early runs. He seemed to settle down in the middle innings and his fastball was in its more typical range of 94-96. But when he came out for the bottom of the 7th having thrown just 84 pitches, his second pitch of the inning was a weak fastball at just 91 mph. That was a double that would eventually score…Jake McGee. Once again, McGee became too dependent on his fastball. Facing a batter that entered the game 0-13, McGee threw seven pitches, all fastballs. And if you give a Major League hitter enough looks at your fastball, it doesn’t matter how good it is, eventually they will catch up to it. And when that fastball is traveling 95 mph, it doesn’t take much of swing to make the ball go a very long ways. It doesn’t matter if McGee has no confidence in other pitches. He still has to throw them to keep the batters from sitting on one pitch.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon called for a 5-man infield in the 10th inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Matt Weiters figured out how to beat it. He hit a grand slam…The Rays used the same batting order for the second straight game…The Rays are now 5-10, 6 games behind the Red Sox and 1.5 games behind the 4th place Blue Jays…Wil Myers was pulled from Durham’s game early after fouling a ball off his foot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon was not happy with the umpires blowing a key call in the 10th inning. [TampaBay.com]
- Yesterday was the 90th anniversary of the first game at original Yankee Stadium. Here are some photos from that game. [BI Sports]
- If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the Bucs’ 2013 schedule. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 5, Charlotte 2. Jake Odorizzi struck out 8 and walked 3 in 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits…Hak-Ju Lee continues to be an on-base machine, collecting 2 more hits in 3 at bats…RF Wil Myers was 1-4 before being pulled from the game.
Mobile 8, MONTGOMERY 4. Mikie Mahtook DH’d and went 2-6 with a pair of doubles.