Rays Ace Beaten by a Pair of Soxs’

 

Rays 3, Red Sox 7

 

I just got word from the Rays that this weekend is the Rays Team photo shoot with yours truly. So when they get back home this Friday or Sat., I will be on the turf with the guys when they do their yearly photo for the fans.  I am overly excited by this and can not wait for the event.  What to wear, what to wear?

 

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

When sluggers Hank Greenberg andRalph Kiner joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team moved in the left field fence by 30 feet.

 

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                                        The Good,The Bad,and the Ugly

 

 

 

                                              The Good

 

What we saw Sunday afternoon was Carlos Penas’ only homer in the last 66 at-bats. Pena had been stuck on 6 homers since April 12th.  Rays manager Joe Maddon has been telling the media that Carlos will come out of this funk, that do not count him out.

Welcome Back Carlos………………We need to see that power dude.

 

Honorable mention “Good” guys:

 

*** Carl Crawford went 1-5 today and picked up ans RBI to up his total to 18 for the year. Carl hit a single to left that scored Aki Iwamura. Carl is hitting .287 right now.

 

** Jason Bartlett went 2-5 on the day with two singles. On the second single he was on base when Aki Iwamura drove him in with a triple. Jason has upped his average to .243, and has been the most consistant Ray in this series.

             

 

 

* Aki Iwamura hit a monster shot to center that was not played well by Coco Crisp. Iwamura ended up with a triple and recorded a RBI for the day. Aki, who went 2-5 is hitting .221 right now.

 

 

 

                                                    The Bad

 

Rays starter Scott Kazmir only lasted 4 innings and threw 90 pitches in his first start since coming off the DL. I am not going to bash Scott, or the performance, because his best stuff did not show up today and he is going to need a start or two to get into game mode.

 

It would have been nice to win one game up in Fenway, but the important thing is Scott was battling and adjusting all day. He threw mostly fastballs and carefully guarded using his slider in the game. I do not think it is for lack of confidience or fatigue, but for conservation of his pitches that he had good command of in that game. 

 

 

 K azmir will get better, and the Rays are a better team with him on the mound. Today was just one of those pitching performances that a pitcher wishs he could just rewind and forget.

 

                

 

                                                   The Bad

 

Today was a day that both the manager and the team wishes could be a mulligan. No matter what happened today to the Rays either positive or negative, they were not in the game at any juncture today.  I really feel that this Boston club is the one team that ill give the Rays fits all year long, both in the standings and on the field.

 

 

 

 

Since we play each other 17-odd times a year, it is a pre-destined thing that a series can blow up on a team like this one.  We did that honor to them last weekend, they returned the favor today.

 

 

 

Former Rays player of the Night:

 

 

Today’s former Rays player is current outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, Matt Diaz.    He is pictured above scoring on a Kelly Johnson double as Cincinnati Reds catcher Paul Bako handles the late throw to the plate.

 

Matt went 1-1 in the game,  on an infield single to third in the third inning. Diaz is hitting 297 for the season.

 

 

 

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