RAYS 3, Cardinals 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. It was the second-best start this season by a Rays pitcher not named David Price, behind only Jake Odorizzi’s start against the Astros when he allowed just 1 hit in 7.1 innings. Oh yeah, and Cobb also drove in the first run with his first career hit, a double.
THE BAD: Yunel Escobar. Escobar was ejected for the second time this season when he vehemently argued a called third strike. It is clear that Escobar is an emotional guy and every once away in a while it rears its head in an ugly way. The problem last night was that it was actually a good pitch and Escobar not only argued, but he FLIPPED OUT. The same thing happened to BJ Upton when he would constantly get pissed off about borderline pitches and then umpires just stopped giving him the benefit of the doubt. And then, when there was a bad call, Upton would lose it and get ejected. Being emotional is fine and can be good. But it needs to be channeled properly or umps are going to make life miserable.
THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday and Chris Archer will start Sunday against the Red Sox…According to Rays Radio, Cobb’s hit was the first in MLB by a player with the last name Cobb since 1928. Yes, that Cobb was Ty Cobb…The Rays have won 7 in a row and are now 49-53, 4 games behind the Blue Jays for 3rd place in the East and 2 games behind the Royals for 5th place in the race for the 2nd Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- More on Joel Peralta’s illness and trip to the DL which may have resulted from a mosquito bite. [TampaBay.com]
- St. Louis Cardinals fans put on quite sales pitch for David Price even picking up his meal tab. [USA Today]
- Now there is talk about the Rays actually being buyers at the trade deadline. [@JimBowdenESPN]
- Chris Cotillo says “word is that Tampa is looking for bullpen upgrades on the trade market.” [SBNation]
- Tim Beckham returned to the field this weekend, playing in the Gulf Coast League. [MLB.com]
- Charlie Montoyo became the Durham Bulls’ all-time winningest manager, surpassing Bill Evers, who once managed the Rays for two games in 2006. [WDBB]
- Bucs players are arriving at One Buc Place today. Football season is close, very close. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Nate Karns gave up just 2 unearned runs in 7 innings with 9 strikeouts and no walks in Durham’s 6-5, 11-inning loss. Wilson Betemit hit his 15th home run and Mikie Mahtook went 2-6…Second baseman Ryan Brett went 2-4 with a double and a walk for Montgomery…Catcher Justin O’Connor went 2-5 with a double and a home run for Charlotte. Blake Snell gave up 4 runs in 3.1 innings…Casey Gillaspie went 1-4 with 3 strikeouts…Tim Beckham went 3-4 as a DH for the Gulf Coast Rays.