Orioles 3, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Brad Boxberger. Well, yesterday I said Boxberger probably wasn’t ready for high-leverage situations on a regular basis. Boy was I wrong. After loading the bases with no outs in the 6th inning, David Price was pulled and replaced by Boxberger who proceeded to do something that has never been recorded before. He struck out the next 3 batters on 9 pitches to get out of the inning. According to Elias, they have no record of a reliever ever accomplishing that feat. After the game, Price paid the highest compliment a starter can give a reliever: “If I ever leave the game with runners on, Box is the guy I want to come in. That was incredible.” And you had to love the way he did it. A young pitcher gets called into a situation like that and they more than likely will want to start fastball just to find a groove. The Orioles were clearly expecting that, continually swinging early at Boxberger’s changeup. You also have to love that he attacked the strikezone. Most young pitchers may try too hard to nibble in that situation, more worried about what could go wrong instead of trying to do something right…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla was in a mini-slump, with just 2 hits and 2 walks in his last 7 games (32 plate appearances). So it was nice to see Zobrist get a hit last night. But more importantly, it was nice to see the 3 walks, which is usually a good sign that he is not pressing and is getting back to seeing the pitches well.
THE BAD: Leaving Runners on Base. The Rays scored a run in the first inning. In 5 of the next 8 innings the Rays had at least one runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs. The Rays did not score in any of those innings.
THE TELLING: The Rays have lost 5 straight home games and were swept for the first time this season…Jim Hickey was ejected for arguing a check-swing. It was the second ejection of his career…Alex Cobb will throw a simulated game today and could start a rehab sting as early as next week. Jeremy Hellickson is still throwing bullpen sessions, but has yet to start throwing curveballs.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Bucs did not get Johnny Manziel last night, or Teddy Bridgewater. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mike Montgomery gave up 8 runs (7 earned) in 4.2 innings, Kevin Kiermaier hit his 3rd home run. He also had a single and a walk.