Long Ball Costly to Rays in Loss

 

Cardinals 9, Rays 8

 

The Rays first round draft pick last year, David Price did some historic during his rehab assignment this week. Price has a last assignment against the New York Yankees extended spring training team and their unexpecting rehab star, A-Rod. Price pitched 5 innings and recorded 10 strikeouts against the squad.

A-Rod struck out twice against Price, and A-Rod smacked a homer of Price to right to remind the lefty what he has in store for him once he gets up to the big squad.

 

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

Of all the records that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig set, the rarest is that Babe and Lou are two of only 38 players in history to have stolen home 10 times or more in their careers.

 

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As you might remember from last night, I am forgiving the “Good,The Bad,and The Ugly” page persona for a few days until we get back to regular American League team play. I hope you enjoy the change and see the same type of  blog writing that has gotten you toi check out my blogs in the past.

Enjoy.

 

The Rays today did not seem to be following the defensive formula that got them to their winning record this season. The defense seemed to be a bit timid, from outfield play, to an infield error.

That error was a throwing error by Jason Bartlett on a infield single to Yadiar Molina that helped set up Molina on second and left two mwn in scoring position for the Cardinals.

 

Rays slugging first baseman Carlos Pena drew two walks today to further demonstrate that he is inching back to his old offensvie power. But the play that will convince you that he might have turned the corner is his 3-run homer in the the top of the 7th inning. Pena now has 9 homers and 23 RBI’s for the season.

 

The Rays collected 18 hits tonight, their best offensive outburst of the season. Every Rays starter got a hit today, with  Carl Crawford and B J Upton getting three hits each. But the offensive juggernaut of the day was shortstop Jason Bartlett, who went 4-5 with two runs scored today.

 

Cliff Floyd came on as a pinch hitter in the top of the 6th inning. Floyd came up batting for pitcher Gary Glover  and drove the ball to deep right center to score Jason Bartlett. Floyd is now batting .387 for the year.

                        

Rays  starting pitcher Matt Garza pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 10 hits and 7 runs before being replaced by Gary Glover. Cardinal Troy Glaus in now batting .400 against Garza lifetime after his 2-RBI single to center in the bottom of the 1st inning.

                         

Baserunning errors by the Rays accounted for lost runs that could have ended this game in regulation.  B J Upton was thrown out at third by Cardinal centerfielder Skip Schumaker in the top of the 5th inning.

                          

Evan Longoria was picked off first by Cards starter Adam Wainwright in the top of the first inning.

Carl Crawford was also thrown out by Molina in the top of the 2nd inning trying to steal second base.

Greg Gross was caught stealing second in the bottom of the 9th inning to end regulation play for the Rays.

                  

 

One more afternoon game against the Cardinals then  we will be heading to the Oakland A’s for a three game series aginst the A’s before coming home for another home stand.

 The Rays currently holding a half game lead in the AL East over the Boston Red Sox. Thi is the longest time period (4 days) that the Rays have held onto the top spot in their division.  The Rays have been in first or tied for first for 11 days this season.

 

 

BJ Upton went up on the centerfield wall to try and get Cardinal Ryan Ludwick’s game winning homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. B J hit the wall hard and was shaken up on the play. B J was attended to by Assistant Trainer Paul Harker who walked off the field with Upton after the play.

 

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