Cardinals 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Casey Gillaspie. The Rays have signed Gillaspie. The signing was done quickly and Gillaspie will start playing with Hudson Valley immediately. As a big, power bat, We will have more on the signing later.
THE BAD: Baseball’s Replay System. Kevin Kiermaier was called out on a play at first base, the second out on a double-play (see below). Replays clearly showed that he was safe and yet the challenge did not overturn the call. There have been plays where it is hard to tell on replay and you understand upholding the call on the field. But this was clear, which brings up another point. Why does a replay have to be conclusive? If the umpire is already looking at the replay, why not just make a call based on what he is looking at? Clearly a slow-motion video is superior to what the umpire sees on the field, so why make the umpire’s call the default? The answer is MLB (and other leagues) want to minimize how many times their officials/umpires are wrong. So instead of trying to get the call right, they would rather make themselves look better. Who knows how things would have played out, but the next 2 batters reached base and it is quite possible the Rays would have scored a run that inning….Shutout. The Rays have now been shutout in 3 straight games and 28 consecutive innings. The 3 straight shutouts is a franchise record and the first AL team to do it since 2004 (Royals).
THE TELLING: Ryan Hanigan was activated after the game and Ali Solis was demoted back to Durham…The Rays are now 24-42, 15 games behind the Blue Jays and 4 games behind the Cubs and Phillies for the worst record in baseball.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Kevin Kiermaier took over the Rays’ twitter account yesterday and took questions from fans. My favorite was learning that Kiermaier named his dog after Sammy Sosa. The dog is a white labrador. If you know Sosa’s recent history, this is hilarious. [@RaysBaseball]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Alex Colome allowed 1 run in 7 innings, striking out 5 and walking none. Colome has allowed just 1 run in 20.2 innings with 21 Ks and 4 walks since his suspension ended. Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 with his 3rd home run. He is hitting .321…Blake Snell gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings for Charlotte.
Here is the play at first base.