Sonnanstine gets lucky 7th Win against Fish

 

 

Rays 7, Marlins 3

 

I have been invited to attend the Rays Wive’s Fashion Show after the game on Sunday. The event will be held at the Nordstrom’s Department store in International Plaza in Tampa. This event is a yearly adventure on the “fashionista” side for the diamond darlings. 

 Everyone from players, to announcers participate in this charity event for the Children’s Dream Fund, and the Rays Foundation. The doors will open for the event at 7 P.M., and the event will start at 8 P.M.  If you need tickets, call 727-896-6390 for more information.

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

The first “Million Dollar” Ballplayer was Nolan Ryan. Fernando Valenezula was the fiurst arbitration eligible millionaire.  Mike Schmidt was the first 2 Million Dollar Man.

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Andy Sonnanstine had a really rough first inning against the Florida Marlins before finally settling down and blanking the fish until the 5th inning.  Sonnanstine was throwing  consistant fastballs, and the Marlins seemed to be keying on them in the first inning. The Marlin almost got a cycle off him in the first 3 batters.

In the 2nd inning, Andy settled down by throwing more off speed pitches and confusing the Marlins batters better. For the night, Sonnanstine pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 6 hits for 3 runs. Andy earned his 7th victory after going winless in his last 4 starts of the season. Andy got his first Interleague win against Marlins last June in his 2nd major league start.

 

 

Both teams got the scoring started in the first inning. The Fish plated 2 runs,then the Rays got their turn to score twice in the next two innings to secure the win over the Marlins. Aki Iwamura got the game off with a single  to rightfield and moved to second on B J Upton’s walk.

Eric Hinske came up with two men in scoring position, and doubled to deep center to score Iwamura and Upton.  Hinske was thrown out trying to steal third two plays later.

    

 

DH Cliff Floyd walked in the second inning and then stole second base on Ryan Tucker. It was Floyd’s first stolen base since June 14, 2006. Almost 2 years to the date that Cliff had been sliding into second. the ball skidded into centerfield, and Floyd went to third on the throwing error.

It was a sight to be seen last night. It almost looked like Cliff was moving in slow motion, the stadium at a silenced hush that the crowd was more in awe than frightened by the action. But, good prevailed and Cliff’s grin spoke volumes about the steal.

 

Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett went 3-3 last night with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases from the 9th spot.  Enetering tonight’s game, the number 9 slot in the Rays order had comboned to bat .220 this season. This total is the second lowest in the AL behind the Kansas City Royals ( .194).

 

The Rays lead the majors with 75 stolen bases. Under Rays Manager Joe Maddon, they Rays have stolen 340 bases. Only the Mets (411) and Angels ( 341) have more in the majors since the start of the 2006 season.

 

Willy Aybar scored on Jason Bartlett’s sacrifice fly in the 6th inning. Aybar had a mild collision at home with Marlin’s catcher Matt Treanor, who did not get the tag in on Aybar in time. Willy had singled to right to begin the inning and advanced on Cliff Floyd’s infield hit.

 

The Rays got 13 hits off Marlin’s pitching last night, with Hinske, Iwamura, Upton and Floyd all getting multi-hit games.  The only Rays to got hitless was Evan Longoria, who went 0-5, with 1 strikeout last night.

 

 

Dioner Navarro  got Jorge Cantu stealing second last night in the 1st inning. A trivia question on Navarro. He had 110 starts behind the plate in 2007 at age 23, In the last 25 years, only 5 catchers have caught more games in a single season at a younger age. Joe Mauer(Minn), Bernito Santiago(SD), Jason Kendall(Pitt), Brian McCann (Atl) ,and Ivan Rodriguez (Texas).

 

                       

 

The Rays reinstated closer Troy Percival before the game and put Al Reyes on the 15 day DL for shoulder tendonitis.  Percival came out in the 9th innig and almost got the home crowd a feww Pappa John;s pizza by striking out the side. He got two strikeouts and was working on his third when the Marlins Cory Ross hit a ball to Bartlett to end the game.

Percival had two strikes on Ross when he hit the ball to Bartlett. Both striked had Ross looking and he did not attempt a swing until the hit to Bartlett.  Percival did not earn a save for the night, but had 10 strikes on 14 pitches in the inning.

That is great news for Rays fan who might have any worry about Troy’s pitches coming off the DL.

 

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Remember, Sat game is a 6:10 start because of the concert after the game. It is expected to be a huge crowd for the Salsa King Gilberto Santa Rosa. Come on out and enjoy a night of dancing in the aisles and outfield at the Trop.

The Rays will be going for their 40th win of the season, and hope to take the series against the Marlins with Matt Garza on the mound for the Rays.

The Marlins will counter with former Rays Mark Hendrickson on the mound for the Marlins.

 

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