Don Zimmer’s jersey hangs in the clubhouse after the game [Tampa Bay Rays]

Marlins 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Kevin Kiermaier. How fun in this kid to watch play? The defense is as advertised (although I will say I don’t think K2’s arm is as strong as people were saying. Rather, he makes really strong throws because he is so aggressive charging the ball and gets a lot of momentum behind his throws.) And the bat has been even better than we could have hoped. He has 8 hits and a walk in 11 games (7 starts) with 4 extra-base hits and a .987 OPS. Of course, chances are K2 is going to regress and this is just a hot start. But if you want hope that he can keep this up, occasionally a hitter will actually get better when he reaches the majors and there are good reasons why. The lights are better and the pitchers are more consistent. That can occasionally help a fringe hitter. Another thing Kiermaier has for him is speed, which doesn’t go away.

THE BAD: David Price. In the end, Price’s line looks pretty good. He had 11 Ks and no walks in 7.1 innings with just 1 unearned run allowed. However, he also allowed 4 unearned runs. While Longoria’s dropped ball at third base was a huge factor, Price did plenty in that inning to allow those runs to score. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and then gave up a 3-run home run after the error. It feels like Price has had a bunch of games this season exactly like this. He looks unhittable most of the night. But there always seems to be one inning where things go haywire and Price has trouble bearing down and getting out of it…GTMI. Down 5-3 in the 9th inning, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs. They did get 1 run on a groundout. But ultimately they went 0-3 in that inning with runners in scoring position. That’s bad, but pretty normal for the Rays these days. The Rays are 0 for their last 31 with runners in scoring position and 5-53 in the last 9 games (all losses).

THE TELLING: The Rays have lost 9 straight games, their longest losing streak since losing 11 in a row in 2009…The Rays are now 23-37, 13 games behind the Blue Jays and 4.5 games behind the Red Sox in last place of the East. They also have the worst record in baseball, 1 game behind the Chicago Cubs…David Price was fined for his role in the beanball war against the Red Sox and Big Mouth Papi is taking creditJeremy Hellickson will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with Charlotte in Tampa against the Tampa Yankees.


  • The Times has some photos of Don Zimmer through the years. [TampaBay.com]
  • Here is a collection of comments on the passing of Don Zimmer from around baseball. [TampaBay.com]
  • And here is a collection of comments and photos from social media. [TBO.com]
  • Evan Longoria’s home run was his first pulled home run since April 19. [Mark Simon]
  • Here is Joe Maddon’s recent appearance with Steve Duemig. [620 WDAE]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham lost 8-7 in 11 innings after Jeff Beliveau and Jake Thompson blew a 3-run lead in the 9th inning. Mike Montgomery started, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 5.1 innings…Cameron Seitzer hit his 4th home run of the season in Montgomery’s loss…Charlotte lost to the Tampa Yankees on a 2-out, 2-run, walk-off double in the 9th inning. Outfielder Marty Gantt homered in the second straight game after not hitting any in the first 38 games of the season. Josh Sale went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and is hitting .221.

Here is Joe Maddon, David Price, and Tom Foley on the passing of Don Zimmer.





  1. Rob says:

    Price is not the ace he thinks he is (at least not this year). Seems like he gives up 4-5 runs every start, and I mentioned this earlier in the week, but he is on pace to give up way more HRs than he has in past years.

  2. Jason says:

    Don't know why the runner on 3rd was not sent on contact when Zobrist hit a weak chopper to first. Especially with the way the rays are playing challenge the other team to make a throw and worst case scenario its 2 outs with a runner at third and longo up, which really isnt saying much. No leadership on this team. Price and Longo seem self entitled and don't know how to lead or put it on their shoulders. The positive is that from this year we may get more character from Longo and looks like Cobb is stepping up. not a lot to hang your hat on. They stink and it's late they are finished.

    • Drew says:

      My guess is they have now actively decided to not score runs in order to secure a higher draft pick, so Foley told KK to be reaaaally indecisive.

    • Joe Dunn says:

      I agree except they are good enough to rally, especially after our full or nearly full roster is back on the field. But, they will play well enough to give us hope but will likely fall short and break our hearts (or piss us off) at the end.

      I think it is time to get a beast on this team that looks imposing in the batter's box.
      FYI - - - in the entire league, we have NOBODY in the Top 50 as far as HR total this season.

    • ken says:

      Ben's hit was right on the first base bag. The 1B man landed on the bag as he caught the ball. Thus Ben was already the 2nd out. If K2 is then thrown out at the plate the game is over! Then everyone is yelling at K2 for his bone head running mistake with Longo and Loney up next.

      • Jason says:

        it wasn't right on the bag and he had to jump and then move to first. No way he can step on the bag then deliver a strike to home with ben running in his path. so in your mind let our offense that is 5-55 or something like with RISP take care of it?? ok

  3. OriginalTom says:

    Anyone else think it was a strange decision for the Marlins to walk the bases loaded with Longoria to face Loney?

  4. Mark says:

    The biggest mistake of the night was not Longoria's physical error, but Price's mental one on the previous batter. I was taught as a 13 year old kid that, yes you run at the runner caught between bases, but that you favor the lead base, forcing him backwards and keeping other runners from advancing. How Price does not know that as a major leaguer, All Star, Cy Young winner, etc. just astounds me. If he makes that simple play, the runners remain at first/second, rather than second/third. On the ensuing play, Longoria does not need to tag the runner, but simply step on the base for the force out and the inning is over.

    What we got, instead was mental error, physical error, gopher ball and a 4 run inning. Love the Rays, players, coaches, front office, etc., but that type of play is just bad baseball.

  5. Pat says:

    Can someone explain to me why in the post game interviews no one EVER talks to Shelton to get his "take" on the (lack) of hitting?

    Is the sports press too weak to confront and challenge?

  6. Dee Smith says:

    Cork I've always enjoy reading most of your articles butI when you start blaming a pitcher for unearned runs.........that to me is lame!!! So many pitchers give up unearned runs in bunches its ridiculous!!!! I mean really this is his line 7.1 IP, 1ER, OBB, 11K's and people want to blame him for the lose!!!! I'm sorry that's a joke!!!

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Do you think David Price pitched well that inning? Do you think Price is completely blameless for those 4 runs? I don't. He shouldn't be completely absolved of all blame just because of one error during one at bat. And I guarantee Price would say the same thing.

      • Dee Smith says:

        That one error kept the inning going so yeah he should absolved! If not for the error there would have been 3 outs and this would be a non story period!

        • Cork Gaines says:

          And yet, when I look at David Price's stats, it still says he has given up an AL-leading 13 home runs and not 12. He threw the pitch. Sometimes things happen that are out of the control of the pitcher. Maybe it is an error this time. Maybe next time it is a broken bat single that should have been an easy flyball out to end the inning. Or maybe it will be a walk on a bad call on a 3-2 pitch with 2 outs. Those still count as earned runs and yet they are no more the fault of Price than Longoria's error. Sometimes circumstances dont help pitchers. But when it comes down to it, Price gave up that home run, not Longoria. And Price put the runners on base before the error.

          • Dee Smith says:

            And yet when I look at David Price’s stats I see 41 earned runs and not 44! Let’s say there are 2 outs and after that point there are 2, 3 or even 4 errors made all resulting in runs…….would all those runs in your eyes be Price’s fault since he threw the baseball? At what point is it no longer Price’s fault and it’s the fielders fault who made the error? Just wondering

  7. Dee Smith says:

    And yet when I look at David Price's stats I see 41 earned runs and not 44! Let's say there are 2 outs and after that point there are 2, 3 or even 4 errors made all resulting in runs.......would all those runs in your eyes be Price's fault since he threw the baseball? At what point is it no longer Price's fault and it's the fielders fault who made the error? Just wondering


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