Orioles Huff’d, But the Rays Would Not Break Down

Rays 2, Orioles 0

 

I did not write a blog on the Wed. afternoon game against the A’s to see if anyone would notice I did not do it. Only one person made a comment to me in an email, thinking I might have died or gotten lost on I-275 somewhere in Tampa.

I just decided to take a day off from writing, and see if anyone would notice. By the way, thank you every one for reading my blogs from Friday to Tuesday. I was the numero uno Sports blog guy for four days, and I am mighty proud of it.

But, I can’t do it without you guys hitting the page and checking it out, so I applaud you for doing just that for me.

 

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

Tomorrow night, former MLB pitcher Gaylord Perry will be throwing out the first pitch. He is currently the only pitcher to win a Cy Young in both leagues.

 

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                                   The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly

                            

                                            The Good

Rays starter Matt Garza ( 3-1) has been getting better and better with each outing since coming off the DL.  Garza tossed 7.1 innings of 4-hit ball and  recorded a shutout of the Baltimore Orioles 2-0.

Garza also recorded 4 strikeouts and had good control of his slider and cutter tonight. This is the thrid time Matt has faced the Orioles this season, and he is 4-0 lifetime aginst them. He has pitched to a 3.72 ERA in 5 starts since coming off the DL on April 25th.

 

Honorable Mention “Good Guys:”:

                                   

*** Carlos Pena has been getting better wood on the ball in the last few games. Pena went 1-2 tonight, with a Sacrifice Fly and a RBI in the bottom of the 8th to add an insurance run for the Rays.

Pena drove in B J Upton on third after B J advanced after a George Sherrill throwing error at first base went into the Rays Bullpen area. It was Carlos’ 24th RBI of the year.

                                              

Carlos also used his great baseball mind to get Aubrey Huff trying to score in the top of the 2nd inning. Huff was tagged out on a great homeplate block by Dioner Navarro.

Carlos also made a superb catch of a foul in the Rays firstbase side seats in front of a retreating Rays fan. Thank you Dorine for letting Carlos get that ball.

** B J Upton was on base twice tonight and got to advance from botched pick-off plays at first. In each incident, B J advanced into scoring position. In the 8th inning, he was on thris when Orioles Luke Scott made a diving catch on the warning track in left center, and trotted home for the final score of the game.

                                  

* “Sports Illustrated” first honored him today with the first cartoon cover in their history, then Carl goes out and shows why he is the face of this Rays offense. Carl drove in Eric Hinske with a single to right for his 29 RBI of the year. 

   Carl is still third in the AL in runs scored with 35 this season. He is also 2nd in the AL with 199 at-bats this year, second only to Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. 

 

             

                     

                                          

 

                                                        The Bad 

 

Usually  when you have a pitchers’ duel, you have to focus on the batters at the plate instead of the offensive numbers. In this instance, I think the “bad” isd the fact that the Rays are starting to get those calls that used to go to our opposition either home or away. In the game tonight, I saw at least three plays that could of/would of, gone against us last year.

The one that will stick firm in my mind is the hit down the first baseline of the bat of former Rays Aubrey Huff. Huff hit a sqeaker down the line that hit over the bag and hit inside the line before spinning off to the foul area. From my seat down by the Bullpen area, it was a fair ball.

                                        

Umpire Ed Hickox took no time to deem it a foul ball. Huff immediately came out of the batters box and ran to first to confront Hickox, but the decision was not reversed. Later in the inning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley was ejected for futher arguing the call after a pitching change.

 

 

                                            The Ugly

 

I really do not have an “ugly” tonight to speak about. For that reason, I will turn my attention to the “talking heads” in Bristol Conn.

I respect you guys as “sports reporters” and ” lovers of the game”, but you got to admit here guys, this team is exciting and willing to leave it all on the field now.

I am not going to say a cowbell, or a fan with a Marge Simpson faux  blue wig is the instigation tools to our success. For years we have been told to wait and see by our upper management. For years we have been told, the future is bright.

We are not to that future yet, we still have arms in the minors that will light up a nights sky. We have batters who will carry this team to another level. All I am asking you all for is one thing………….Can you honestly say that you are not surprised, or delighted that the once downtrodden RAYS have extinguished their dismal past fora a future with promise and excitement.

I know you guys pull for the underdog……………you guys loved the  N Y Giants a few months ago,…………………… remember.

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