Rays Bang Out 5-Game Winning Streak

 

Blue Jays 3, Rays 5

 

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Trivia Fact for the Night:

 

The first All-Star game television telecast took place on July, 11,1950.

 

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1998 DVD cover art.                                The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1998 DVD cover art.

                                    

                                 The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly

 

                                                The Good

 

The Rays have currently been on a very impressive Disney adventure. They are a combined 5-0  while visiting this “magical stadium. It is the only stadium besides San Diego’s Petco( 3-0) where the Rays are undefeated.  The Top honors tonight are a total Rays’ team effort.. So with that in mind, let’s start off with the Rays scoring machine in the bottom of the 6th inning.

 

Down 3-0 early, Rays catcher Dioner Navarro got thing started with a double to left field. Jason Barlett then reaches base on an infield single to second. The Rays Carl Crawford, who has now hit in 10 straight games to raise his average to .286, hit an RBI single to shallow centerfield to score Navarro.

 

B J Upton then walked to load the bases for the Rays. After a Carlos Pena strike out, Rays rookie Evan Longoria  produced a 2-run RBI single to right to tie the score at 3-3.

 

Recent hero,  rightfielder Eric Hinske then blasted a shot to right to score B J Upton and the Rays led 4-3. At this point, the Toronto starting pitcher Roy Halladay  had thrown over 30 pitches for the inning.

 

Honorable mention “Good” guys:

 

*** Evan Longoria made a veteran throw from deep deep in the hole at third to get  speedy Blue Jay Shannon Stewart. Longoria backhanded a ball on the back of the clay and threw a lazer to first to get Stewart for the second out of the game.  It was a classic ESPN moment for the rookie.

 

**  Speedy outfielder Carl Crawford recorded his 75th triple of his young career tonight. Carl hit a ball to deep centerfield that one-hopped to  the wall. Crawford is one of only three people to ever have over 75 triples in his first 1,000 hits.  Garry Templeton (76) and Lance Johnson (73) are the other members of this exclusive club.

 

*  Rays closer Troy Percival is in a unqiue club right now. Percival all alone in 11th place in the All Time save category after posting his 3rd save of the year last night. Troy currently has 329 saves, one more than former Ray Roberto Hernandez. All of Percivals saves have come in the American League, second only to Yankee Mario Riveria (448 saves).

 

                                             The Bad 

The only “Bad” play I can come up with in this great game was the very veteran move and confidience of our Rookie at third.

 

Evan Longoria is not playing like a rookie in any sense of the word in the field. His throw from the back of third was a classic play that will be in the Rays end of the year highlight reel for sure.  It caught a speedy Shannon Stewart by one stride for the out at first. It is a classic Ray moment, and hopefully one to get Rays fans excited for his long career with the club.

 

                                                  The Ugly

 

What was really ugly in this game was the Jays Matt Stairs second homer off starter Jason Hammel. Stairs hit a monster ball that clearly was out on  initial contact. What made it more “ugly” was the fact  he produced all 3 Blue Jays RBI’s on his two blasts tonight.

 

His second homer did not only go deep to right centerfield, but it bounced out of Champion’s stadium over the wall and the television production trucks in the parking lot. 

 

Another “ugly” posted, but in as positive spin is the rsurgence of the Rays Bullpen pitchers. The Rays bullpen is currently number one in the majors with an impressive 2.61 ERAthrough 20 games. Last years bullpen ERA through 20 games was an unimpressive 6.11 ERA, and were ranked 29th in the majors.

 

 

Former Rays of the Night:

Everyone in Boston remembers the slow start of 2007 for Julio Lugo. He went in a early hitting funk and was an average shrtstop for the first half of the season. But this year, Lugo is hitting .338 and contributing nightly to the Red Sox success on the field. Julio went 2-3 last night with an RBI.

Lugo also contributed two  great pivots in the  two double plays executed by the Sox last night.

 

Up tonight is the Rays finale at the Disney complex this year.

 

They will take a 5 game winning streak at  Chamion’s stadium in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays will have Andy Sonnanstine on the mound, The Blue Jays will counter with Dustin McGowan.

After tonight, the Rays will return to Tropicana Field for a  3 game homestand  against the Boston Red Sox.

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