Twins 6, RAYS 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: The Bullpen. The relievers held the Twins scoreless for nearly 8 innings until giving up the lead in the 12th inning. The loss wasn’t their fault…Desmond Jennings. Flash Jennings reached first on an infield single in the first inning, stole second, and then went to third on the bad throw. He then scored on a ground ball out by Matt Joyce. It is that sort of speed-run that we used to see a lot with Carl Crawford and we thought we would see a lot with Jennings. Unfortunately they come too infrequently with Jennings.
THE BAD: The Bullpen. Luckily David Price pitched a complete game the night before. But 6 relievers combining to throw 8.2 innings is a bad sign heading into today’s afternoon game…Jake Odorizzi. There is no doubt that Odorizzi has the stuff to be a very good pitcher. But right now he is struggling to adjust as the game goes along. So far this season, batters are just 4-33 the first time they face Odorizzi and 19-43 after that. Last night, batters were 3-5 with a home run, 2 walks, and a sac fly the second time they got a look at Odorizzi…Josh Lueke. He’s a 4-A pitcher and brings too much baggage. The Rays can do better with the final spot in the bullpen.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 31-31 all-time in games that go at least 12 innings and 19-14 under Joe Maddon…The Rays have doubled in all 21 games this season…Ben Zobrist started in left field and Logan Forsythe was at second base, something we will likely see more often considering Forsythe has not been good in the outfield.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Michel Pineda was caught using pine tar against the Red Sox, just 2 weeks after being accused of using pine tar against the Red Sox. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ejection was funny and Pineda’s attempt to “hide” the pine tar failed epically. [BI Sports]
- Erik Bedard‘s spot in the rotation is safe for now. Joe Maddon: “No, he’s not pitching for his job right now.” [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon would like to see Yunel Escobar credited with a walk from the at bat the umpires screwed up on Tuesday night.
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] After 2 straight good starts, Nate Karns was pounded, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) in just 2 innings for Durham. Kevin Kiermaier went 3-4 and is hitting .303…Grayson Garvin faced just 3 batters, hitting 2, before being pulled. It is unclear if he is injured, but the Biscuits trainer visited him on the mound before being pulled. Catcher Curt Casali was 3-3 with 2 doubles and a home run.
Evan Longoria has a lightning bolt shaved into his head as a tribute to the Lightning’s playoff run which is already over.