Marlins 11, RAYS 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Kevin Kiermaier. Maybe we should just rename this part of the Hangover “The Kevin,” because he is about the only good thing for the Rays right now. There was another home run and a double. He has started just 8 games and yet he now has 6 extra-base hits, giving him a 1.247 OPS. But maybe the best play of the game was Kiermaier chasing a ball into the right field corner, sliding to stop the ball and popping up and throwing a BB to second base to hold the runner to a single. That was a thing of beauty…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla has homered in back-to-back games. Hopefully this is a sign that he is getting back on track. In his 19 games prior to these 2 games, he was 11-73 (.151) with no home runs and a .222 OBP.
THE BAD: Big Innings and Crooked Numbers. The Marlins scored at least 3 runs in 3 different innings. That has become the norm for the Rays as they have given up 3+ runs in an inning 38 times this season, most in the majors. Not good for a team that struggles to score 3 runs in an entire game…Jake McGee. Hopefully McGee’s performance can be chalked up to just a bad day when he didn’t have his best stuff. But it shows just how quickly his dominance can change when he loses a few MPH on his fastball.
THE TELLING: The Rays have now lost 10 straight and have been swept in 4 straight series…In addition to
Conor Casey Gillaspie Gillaspie, whom the Rays drafted in the first round of the draft, they also took Cameron Varga with the 60th pick (2nd round), a 19-year-old right-handed high school pitcher who had 141 strikeouts and 6 walks in 58 ip his senior year, including a national record 33 strikeouts in a row at one point. Was committed to University of Florida as a shortstop. Is not committed to UNC. With the 72nd pick (compensation), the Rays took Brent Honeywell, a JuCo right-handed pitcher. He had 102 strikeouts and 15 walks in 83.1 innings his freshman season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Ryan Hanigan is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend and will catch Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. [TBO.com]
- Rocco Baldelli was in the Rays’ draft War Room last night. [@RaysIndex]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]
The Rays have a new dugout celebration.