Royals 9, RAYS 8 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. With another home run last night, Joyce now has 7 hits in his last 5 games with 4 home runs. Joyce is on fire…Luke Scott. Last night is a sign of what the Rays offense can be if Luke Scott stays off the DL. He had 3 hits, including a home run, and added a walk….Evan Longoria. Three more hits for Longo who now has 10 hits in his last 5 games, raising his average from .266 to .307.
THE BAD: Losing Leads. The Rays have held the lead in 22 of their 27 games. They are just 12-10 in those games. Last night, the Rays had a Win Expectancy of about 90% early in the 5th inning. That is a hard one to lose…Jake McGee. Last night, McGee threw 26 pitches and 25 of those were fastballs. And they were good fastballs with a handful of them reaching 97-98 mph. But big league hitters can hit a good fastball if they know it is coming and if they see it enough times. The result was that McGee faced 8 batters, gave up 5 hits, and walked one. And of the 2 outs he recorded, one was on a bunt attempt. Ultimately, 5 of those runners scored and the Rays went from leading 6-4 to trailing 9-6. If McGee isn’t going to throw his other pitches, he needs to be kept out of high-leverage situations.
THE TELLING: This was the first time since August, 2010 that the Rays scored at least 8 runs and lost. They did it three times that season…It sounds like today’s game is unlikely to be played based on the weather forecast…The Rays are now 12-15, 7 games behind the Red Sox…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Tom Hallion, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore have been fined by Major League Baseball for their back-and-forth comments on Sunday. [Marc Topkin]
- The highest-paid player at every position in MLB. Carl Crawford makes an appearance. [BI Sports]
- More on Matt Moore’s historic month of April. [MLB.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM. no game scheduled
MONTGOMERY 2, Pensacola 1. Jake Thompson tossed 6 shutout innings. He struck out 3 and walked 4…Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with an RBI.
Lakeland @ CHARLOTTE. game cancelled due to rain
Kane County 5, BOWLING GREEN 4. 2B Thomas Coyle went 0-3 ending a stretch in which he had 13 hits in 6 games.