RAYS 10, Rangers 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Chris Archer. Big Tree struck out 12 and allowed just 1 run. But most importantly, Archer worked 7 innings for the first time since before the All-Star break. His ERA is now 3.24, 17th best in the AL. His FIP is even better (3.04), 12th in the AL. For comparison, David Price’s FIP this season has been 3.03…The Long Ball. Three home runs (and nearly a fourth by Curt Casali) and an easy win is exactly what the Rays needed after their 14-inning loss the night before in which the offense couldn’t do anything over the last 8 innings. Joyce’s home run was especially welcome. Joyce has been hitting well since the All-Star break (.328 AVG, .461 OBP), but that was his first home run of the second half.
THE BAD: (Let’s give this section the night off with the rest of the bullpen)
THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings was out of the lineup after crashing into the wall the night before. It doesn’t sound serious…The Rays have now allowed 3 runs or fewer in 17 straight road games, extending their AL Record…The Rays are now 59-61, 1 game behind Cleveland for 5th place in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- A fan from Tampa was killed following Tuesday’s night game in Arlington when he was struck by a car. [TampaBay.com]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Tim Beckham went 4-6 in his first game of the season with the Durham Bulls, playing in the first game of a double-header (completed after being suspended the night before). Wil Myers went 1-3 in the same game with 3 walks. Nick Franklin played in both games and went 1-9 with 5 strikeouts. He is now 7-43 (.163) with the Bulls with 2 home runs…Casey Gillaspie hit his 7th home run for Hudson Valley…
Evan Longoria has a new bobblehead coming and it looks like it is just going to be him playing the drums.
— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) August 13, 2014
Kevin Kiermaier is gonna jump so high to rob this home run! Or not.