RAYS 1, Royals (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Chris Archer. With Matt Moore looking like he will be out for the rest of the season, the Rays need Big Tree to be bigger than ever and last night he delivered 7 shutout innings. He ran into a couple of jams, but survived each because they always started with outs already on the board. Archer retired 5 of the 7 batters that led off an inning. The 2 that did get on, were later thrown out, one on a pick-off and the other on a double-play…James Loney. It looked like we were heading to extra innings when the Rays got a gift in the form of a 2-out wild pitch in the 9th inning that moved Wil Myers into scoring position. Loney then followed with a single to give the Rays a lead.
THE BAD: Replay Is Far From Perfect. The Rays were nearly screwed by the new replay system when umpires refused to overturn an obvious mistake at second base. With the Rays trying to turn-2, Ben Zobrist dropped the ball on the transfer (see play below). It was clear as day and yet despite the challenge the call was upheld. As the Rays radio broadcast described it, it was “umpires protecting umpires.” Thankfully, the call did not cost the Rays a run as the Rays got out of the inning…
THE TELLING: If you missed it earlier, Matt Moore tore his elbow ligament and may need Tommy John surgery…David DeJesus was back in the outfield for the first time since injuring his foot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is more on Matt Moore’s injury. [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays are now the third-cheapest team to go see in person with an average cost of $36.01 per adult. This link has the cost for all 30 teams. [BI Sports]
- Apparently the transfer rule is being interpreted differently now and that led to the call at second base last night. [TampaBay.com]
- Mock drafting the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]
- MINORS [Boxscores] Nate Karns was pounded again in his second start with the Durham Bulls, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. He did strikeout 9. Offensively, the Bulls managed just 4 hits, including 3 singles.
Here is the play that was not overturned by replay.
Chris Archer had the best reaction to the bad call.