Pirates 8, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Cesar Ramos. Ramos did a great job saving the rest of the bullpen, retiring all 7 batters he faced, including 4 strikeouts. In June, Ramos has allowed just 1 run in 9.2 innings with 10 Ks and 1 walk.
THE BAD: Can’t score, can’t win. The Rays have now been held to less than 2 runs in 21 games this year, second only to the Padres, and they have a pitcher that bats every night. What’s worse is that there have been more games this year in which I knew the game was over in the 5th inning than the last 6 years combined. It’s pretty depressing…Alex Cobb. Cobb has now given up 8 runs in the first inning of his 10 starts this season. That can’t keep happening, not with this offense. They have enough pressure going to the plate. The Pirates also exposed Cobb on the basepaths. The Pirates were 4-4 stealing bases and we know how good Ryan Hanigan’s arm is.
THE TELLING: Jerry Sands went on the DL yesterday with a strained wrist tendon and Cole Figueroa will join the team today. Apparently surgery is a possibility in which case he will miss considerably more than 2 weeks…Jeremy Hellickson is still a candidate to start one of the games on Friday in Baltimore…In their last 27, the Rays are 3-17 against teams not named the Astros…The Rays are now 31-47, 4.5 games behind the Red Sox for 4th in the East.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Boy, the Rays really blew the first pick of the 2008 draft. Just about every other player taken in the top 20 has been a better big leaguer. [@RaysIndex]
- I’m still not sure what to think about the Bucs’ new helmet now that is being worn in training camp. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mike Montgomery gave up 1 run in 5 innings in Durham’s 7-4 loss. Hak-Ju Lee went 1-5 and Mikie Mahtook was 0-3 with a walk…Cameron Seitzer hit his 6th home run in Montgomery’s 7-5 win…Blake Snell gave up 8 runs in just 2.1 innings for Charlotte. Catcher Maxx Tissenbaum, who homered in 3 of the previous 4 games, went 0-4 with 2 passed balls…Casey Gillaspie was 1-4 with a double and 3 strikouts. He is now 6-40 with 18 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Raymond took down a pirate and then flashed the crowd.