RAYS 2, Brewers 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: James Loney. Loney’s numbers are down this season, but he is trending up at the most important time. His go-ahead single last night was his 15th hit in the last 11 games to go along with 6 walks and just 5 Ks…Boxbergering. How good has Brad Boxberger been? 3 batters, 3 strikeouts in the 8th inning of a 1-run game against a playoff contender. He now has 66 strikeouts and a 4.7 K-to-walk ratio in 42.2 innings…Jake Odorizzi. In his first 12 starts Odorizzi averaged 4.2 innings with a 5.31 ERA and opponents had a .769 OPS and a .374 batting average on balls in play. In his 9 starts since then, Odorizzi is averaging 6.1 innings, with a 2.25 ERA and opponents have a .581 OPS and a .238 OBP…The Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head. See above. It’s awesome.
THE BAD: The home plate umpire. Well, he was bad, but that was good for the Rays, who got away with one. Two pitches before James Loney’s go-ahead hit, Evan Longoria was frozen on a 3-2 changeup that may have been a strike. Replays showed that it may have clipped the strikezone. Longo was waiting for a strike call. The home plate umpire flinched. It wasn’t the worst call ever, but it was huge. Longo walked and kept the inning alive. The Brewers were livid.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 52-54, 2.5 games behind the Yankees for 3rd place in the East and a half-game behind Cleveland for 5th place in the Wild Card race…The Rays now have 9 wins when they score less than 3 runs, most in the AL…The game took just 2:35, the 4th fastest Rays game this season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- A “rival GM” told Jon Heyman that David Price is probably still available but that he “is sold at 200 percent markup or not moved.” In other words, the price for Price has gone even higher. [CBSSports]
- Chris Archer’s teammates had his back after he ripped David Ortiz. [TBO.com]
- Another sign that the death of baseball has been greatly exaggerated. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Nate Karns struck out 7 and walked 2 in 7 innings, allowing 2 runs. Wilson Betemit hit his 16th home run in the Bulls’ win. Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 and Hak-Ju Lee was 1-3 and is hitting .201…Richie Shaffer went 2-4 in Montgomery’s win…Blake Snell struck out 7 in 5 shutout innings for Charlotte but did walk 5…
Here is a chart that Chris Wise of WatchingDurhamBullsBaseball.com put together showing just how bad the Rays were the first half of the season.
Chris Archer and David DeJesus played the air instruments during Evan Longoria’s walk-up music.