Articles by: Cork Gaines
 

  • [THE HANGOVER] Balfour Is So Confident Now, He Will Tell Batters What Is Coming

    [THE HANGOVER] Balfour Is So Confident Now, He Will Tell Batters What Is Coming

    July 22, 2008 at 11:03 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Scott Kazmir was at his best and kept his pitch count in check. After needing 18 pitches in the first, he only needed 67 over the next 5 innings and was able to work 7 full innings with 103 pitches… BJ Upton. Upton was 2-3 with 2 walks. […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac Sets Goal Of 3,000 Hits

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac Sets Goal Of 3,000 Hits

    July 22, 2008 at 10:22 am 1 comment

    Lehigh Valley 4, Durham 2. Jeremy Cummings fell to 7-3 after giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…Calvin Medlock pitched 2 perfect innings of relief…Fernando Perez was 2-4 with 2 strikeouts and stole his 31st and 32nd bases…Justin Ruggiano struck out […]

     
  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Oakland A’s

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Oakland A’s

    July 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm 0 comments

    FIRST INNING A look back…Several of the Rays top hitters continue to struggle including Carl Crawford, BJ Upton and Carlos Pena…At what point do we stop assuming that they will eventually break out? Crawford was 3-12 in the Jays series and is hitting .255/.295/.378 in the last month. Upton went […]

     
  • [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    July 21, 2008 at 11:55 am 3 comments

    Last week’s Rays Confidence Graph results. Below you will see two polls that ask about your confidence in the Tampa Bay Rays. Please take a moment to answer each question. We will present these same polls every Monday. The results will be presented in graphical form on Wednesday, and will […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Percival Return From DL; Rays Drop Finale To Jays

    [THE HANGOVER] Percival Return From DL; Rays Drop Finale To Jays

    July 21, 2008 at 11:08 am 3 comments

    THE GOOD: The Red Sox were swept in Anaheim by the Angels, maintaining the Rays 1.5 game lead in the AL East. THE BAD: The Yankees swept the A’s. We suppose the good news there is that the Rays now have one less enemy in the wild card hunt. After […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Davis Pitches 7 Scoreless In Triple-A Debut

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Davis Pitches 7 Scoreless In Triple-A Debut

    July 21, 2008 at 9:07 am 0 comments

    Durham 4, Syracuse 0. Wade Davis was dominating in his triple-A debut, pitching 7 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 3. He also hit a batter…Juan Salas pitched 2 scoreless innings for his first save…Chris Richard provided most of the offense with a 2-run […]

     
  • [JUMPING THE SHARK] Batting Stance Guy Does The Rays, Oy Vey!

    [JUMPING THE SHARK] Batting Stance Guy Does The Rays, Oy Vey!

    July 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

    Well, he was bound to get around to the Tampa Bay Rays sooner or later. Unfortunately, we are contractually obligated to bring you this clip of “Batting Stance Guy” imitating Rays batters, past and present. We have to agree with the cameraman, that they have indeed “Jumped the Shark.” However, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    July 20, 2008 at 11:48 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Little Ball and Long Ball. The Rays are not big on “Little Ball”, but it sure helped in the 6th inning. An infield single by Ben Zobrist (OK, it went to the OF, but it bounced over Scott Rolen’s head), a bunt single by Aki Iwamura, a dribbler […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM]

    [DOWN ON THE FARM]

    July 20, 2008 at 9:46 am 0 comments

    Durham 4, Syracuse 1. Jeff Niemann pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strike outs…Dan Johnson hit 2 home runs and finished 3-3 with a walk and 3 RBI. He has 16 home runs for Durham. Birmingham 5, Montgomery 3. Dunedin 5, Vero Beach 2. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo’s Shot That May Have Saved Rays Season

    [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo’s Shot That May Have Saved Rays Season

    July 19, 2008 at 11:50 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. In the second inning, BenZo made a Jason Bartlett-esque play in the hole, turning and making a one-hop throw to first for the out. Later, with the Rays trailing 1-0 in the 7th and one of the game’s best pitchers on the mound, Eric Hinske drew […]