A’s 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Erik Bedard. For a while now I have been saying that Bedard has been lucky and eventually it was going to run out. And in a second I’m going to tell you about how that luck ran out last night. But while Bedard is definitely not a 2.63 ERA pitcher he is pitching a lot better than the 4.59 ERA pitcher that was on the mound for the Astros last year or the 5.01 ERA pitcher for the Pirates two seasons ago. In fact, Bedard’s FIP is 3.36 which is a good indication of how well he really is pitching. That is, not as good as his ERA suggests, but still pretty good. And for a 5th starter, 6 innings and a 3.36 ERA is something most teams would kill for.
THE BAD: Irony. As we have mentioned recently, Erik Bedard has been a bit lucky in his last few starts. The two biggest examples were that he was walking a ton of batters who weren’t scoring and he had yet to give up a home run. Even good pitchers give up home runs. Last night, Bedard gave up 3 runs despite allowing just one hit. And while his defense didn’t help, Bedard’s luck ran out. One run scored on a home run and another scored on a throwing error after reaching base via walk. Eventually those numbers were going to bite Bedard and it happened in a very bad way…Tom Foley. This is a tough one. If you are going to go by the book in the 8th inning of a 1-run game with just one out, you hold up Kevin Kiermaier at third base on Matt Joyce’s single and that’s what Foley did. But this is a team that is struggling to score runs and sometimes you gotta take a chance. And man, Kiermaier had a full head of steam and would have scored easily as the throw went to second base. In the end, he was stranded and it was game over.
THE TELLING: The game took 3 hours, 53 minutes…Attendance was 10,555, the second smallest crowd of the season…Alex Cobb was indeed activated after last night’s game. Kevin Kiermaier was sent back to Durham…Since 2011, this was just the second game in which a team allowed 1 hit and lost. The other was last year when Houston loss. The Astros’ starting pitcher that night was Erik Bedard. It was the 10th game in franchise history in which the Rays allowed just 1 hit. The Rays are now 9-1 in those games…The Rays scored both runs in the 6th inning. They have now been held scoreless in 35 of their last 37 innings…Chris Archer will start Friday and David Price will get an extra day of rest and start on Saturday…Dan Wheeler will represent the Rays at the draft.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Sounds like things are going well for Jeremy Hellickson, but now he is hoping to be back before the All-Star break in mid-July. First it was May. Then it was June. Now he is hoping for mid-July. Color me skeptical. [TampaBay.com]
- MLB MVP Power Rankings. A Long Beach State player is on top, but it is not Evan Longoria. [BI Sports]
- Miguel Cabrera is Hank Aaron apparently. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham did not play last night…Ryan Brett, the Rays’ 9th best prospect, hit his 2nd home run for Montgomery.
The catwalks came into play last night leading to one image that was reminiscent of Norman Rockwell’s “Game Called Because of Rain.”
After 19 games, the Rays and Blue Jays had the same number of home runs. Not anymore (not including last night’s games).
Here is the cap the Rays will wear on Memorial Day.