Orioles 7, RAYS 5 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: The Offense. Suddenly, the Rays are scoring runs and the pitching is struggling a bit. This is much better than when it was the other way around. We know the pitching is capable of being great. We didn’t know that about the offense. This doesn’t guarantee that the pitching will rebound. But we should be less worried about it. In the last 5 games the Rays have 22 extra-base hits including 5 home runs in the last 2 games.
THE BAD: Matt Joyce. Some think David DeJesus should have robbed Chris Davis’ grand slam which hit off of the left field foul pole. The play was initially ruled off the wall and later changed to a home run. If you slow the replay down, that ball actually hit higher up on the pole than most realized and well out of the reach of DeJesus. The defensive play that was costly was Joyce’s spin-o-rama in right field which allowed a fly ball to land on the warning track to start the seventh inning. This came after the Rays had rallied to cut the lead to 1 run and 2 batters before a home run put the game out of reach…Erik Bedard. The home runs were bound to happen. And it is hard to blame Bedard too much when he gets Davis to hit the ball directly down the left field line when there are no empty bases to give him. But a grand slam is a grand slam and that is always bad when it is the other team.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 28-44, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East…Evan Longoria says the inspiration for the blonde mohawk is all the interesting hair you see at the World Cup.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon has the Rays working on fundamentals before the game. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon is not happy with the infield dirt this season and doesn’t understand why it is playing differently this year. [MLB.com]
- Here is Todd Kalas’ in-game interview with draft pick Brent Honeywell. There is a GIF of his Grant Balfour impression below. But you will want to see the video version also. One thing that stands out is this kid’s confidence, which borders on arrogance. For example, there is something about the way he says “oh yeah, no problem” with a little smirk when TK asks him to do the impression. Arrogance is not necessarily a bad thing for a big leaguer if channeled the right way. [MLB.com]
- Jerry Crasnick discusses whether the Cardinals will go after David Price. [101Sports]
- Why does the Tribune think downtown St. Pete is a good place for a soccer stadium but a terrible place for a baseball stadium? [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Don’t forget your Morning Cup of Joe. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Jeremy Hellickson got roughed up again in his third rehab start, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) on 12 hits in just 2.2 innings. He did reach 92 on the gun, but is going to need at least one more rehab start. Mikie Mahtook had 3 more hits including his 5th home run in the first inning. Brandon Guyer went 2-3 with 2 walks and a double…Catcher Justin O’Conner had a triple and his 5th home run for Charlotte. Blake Snell’s ERA is now 4.96 after giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in just 2.1 innings.
There was a great moment near the Orioles dugout where the Orioles made a lifetime memory for a young fan who was dressed in a full uniform. Among other things, they gave the kid a team batting helmet.
Not Matt Joyce’s best moment on a baseball field.