Tigers 8, RAYS 6 (11; boxscore)
THE GOOD: (none today)
THE BAD: Free Passes. Rays pitchers walked 10 batters, a season high, including 4 in the 11th inning and 2 with the bases loaded. The worst came from Grant Balfour, of course, who walked 3 batters (1 intentionally) in the 11th inning. In all, Balfour threw 14 pitches and only 2 were strikes. The third strike Balfour threw was his foot hitting a cooler in the dugout after being pulled. He has now walked 38 batters in 47.1 innings, the most among all MLB relievers. This all led to a loss after leading the game 4-0 (via @WorldOfIsaac)…
Evan Longoria. Earlier in the game, Longoria just missed hitting a long home run that probably would have landed in the party deck if it had stayed fair and missed the D-ring. But later, with 2 runners on base and the Rays down 3 in the bottom of the 11, Longo hit a ho-hum single through the left side of the infield. Why ho-hum? The pitch was a fastball with no movement that was right down the middle of the plate. Joe Nathan couldn’t have teed up the pitch any better for Longo. At the very least, Longoria should have hit a long double in the gap. At best, it should have been a 3-run home run. Instead, Longo had a bit of a defensive swing and couldn’t drive the ball.
THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch in the first inning by Max Scherzer. It sure looked intentional and Zobrist was pissed off…The blown 4-run lead matched the largest of the season for the Rays…Vince Belnome picked up his first career hit on a misplayed fly ball that bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. He also thought he hit his first career home run later that was eventually overturned and ruled a foul ball.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Most MLB teams have seen their attendance go up this season. The Rays are not one of them. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Wil Myers went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts in the Bulls’ 2-1 loss. Nick Franklin was 2-3 with a walk. Enny Romero struck out 6 and allowed 1 run in 6 innings…
After one strikeout to end an inning, Chris Archer looked back towards the Tigers dugout and did something? Did he kiss his bicep again? Was he just wiping his nose on his sleeve? I want to give Archer the benefit of the doubt, but it is hard.
Here is the tribute video for David Price shown by the Rays during the game.