Mariners 12,RAYS 5 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Cesar Ramos. I hate putting Ramos here because there shouldn’t be a consolation prize for getting lit like a bonfire in the first 3 innings. But by the time the Rays were down 8-0 in the second inning, Joe Maddon needed Ramos to take one for the team and the bullpen and he did. He settled down and threw a whopping 114 pitches to get into the 7th inning and save the other arms for tonight…Wil Myers. Myers moved to first base for the final 3 innings and Joe Maddon said we might see that more often at the end of games. Myers seemed to handle the position well.
THE BAD: As bad a performance as you will ever see. I have seen the Rays get no-hit and play better baseball than I watched last night. If you couldn’t watch last night’s game consider yourself grateful. The defense was atrocious and from normally dependable gloves, such as Evan Longoria’s bad throw and James Loney letting a groundball go through his legs. And then there was Ramos who seemingly gave up a long flyball to the wall to every batter. He ended up only giving up one home run. But two other batters hit balls off the top of the wall that literally missed being home runs by inches and two other batters hit balls to the warning track and that was just the first two innings. If you could watch last night’s game, well, at least you got to bed at a decent hour.
THE TELLING: Announced attendance was just 12,392 and the actual crowd was about half of that…Wil Myers infield single in the second inning (which could have been ruled an error) ended Felix Hernandez’s streak of 34 straight Rays batters he had retired and 14 straight hitless innings…The Rays are now 1-4 on the road in their grey jerseys and 7-7 on the road in navy.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays’ chance to make the playoffs has fallen to just 22.2%. [BPro]
- Fernando Rodney says he was never offered a contract to stay with the Rays. He signed a 2-year deal with the M’s worth $14 million while Grant Balfour signed a 2-year deal worth $12 million with the Rays. However, Balfour also has $4 million being deferred which makes the deal even more valuable for the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
- The Bucs signed a bunch of undrafted rookies. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Wilson Betemit continues to slug triple-A pitching well, hitting his 8th home run of the season, although his average is still just .254 (.340 OBP). His 46 strikeouts in 33 games is not good…Dylan Floro allowed just 1 run in 7 innings in double-A, striking out 5 and walking 1…Catcher Justin O’Connor went 3-3 for Charlotte with a walk and his 4th home run.First baseman Justin Leonard was 4-4 with a walk and his 5th and 6th home runs.
It looked like there were about 4,000 people in the stadium for the first pitch.
Robinson Cano’s bid for his first Safeco home run was closer than Matt Joyce’s bid to rob him. And then, amazingly, the very next batter also hit a ball off the top of the wall.