Rays Put 10 runs Early on Marins

 

Rays 15, Marlins 3

 

With the Rays putting the stadium referendium in the wastebasket for now, the question is still………….When will they want a new stadium?

 

Will they wait until 2010, when St. Petersburg has a different mayor and probably a similar City Council membership, or will they just build on the other sites without needing a vote by the citizens.   We shall see.

 

What is really amazing, is that the other sites in the incorporated St. Petersburg city limits do not need a voters’ approval, only the waterfront area needs a yes or no from the city faithful.  Maybe they are waiting for a winning product on the turf that could exhilerate and intensely increase the passion and vigor for another stadium.

 

I have told people for several weeks that MLB doesn’t like the Trop. You will not see an All-Star game or that special week of activties that could bring in millions to the local economy until the Rays move, or have a stadium agreement in place…………millions of dollars for the bay area, and the waterfront could have been a perfect postcard for such an event.

 

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Trivia Fact of the Night:

From 1855 to 1892, the baseball bat could have one flat side.

 

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Carl Crawford hit 2 homers last night to pace the night for the Rays against the Florida Marlins. Crawford now has 5 homers on the season and 43 RBI’s for the Rays. He also got 5 RBI’s last night and scored twice. That puts Carl in a tie for 6th in the AL in runs with 50 runs scored. His 43 RBI’s put in the Rays team lead, and moved Crawford into 2nd in the majors in Inter-league batting average with .432 . Carl also batting .478, with 3-hrs, 9-RBI’s and a .893 Slugging Percentage since coming back off his 6 game suspension.

 

 

The Rays 15 runs last night were the most scored by the team since their 17-2 win over Baltimore at home last Sept.5th, and the most scored on the road since a 15-8 victory at Baltimore Aug. 28th.  It also matches their best road Interleague total ever, a 15-5 win over the NY Mets at Shea on June 4,2000.

 

The Rays got 10 runs in the 5th inning last night, the 5th time in club history they have reached that amount. The current team record for a inning is 11 runs, which has been done twice by the Rays in the past. The first 9 batters scored in the inning last night, a first by the team. And it was the first time in the majors since the N Y Yankees did it last Sept 29against the Orioles.

 

                          

 

 Nine straight Rays reached base in the frame, one short of the club record ( 10 vs. Oakland on May 31, 2002). Evan Longoria homered and singled in the inning, making him the 24th Ray to get 2 hits in a single inning. Carl Crawford and Ty Wiggington were the last two against Boston on Sept 26, 2006.

 

         

 

Rays Starter James Shields pitched a great game for the Rays. He has good control on all his pitches, and got strikeouts when he needed them last night. Shields picked up his 5th win to even his record at 5-5 for the year.  He went 7 innings and gave up 4-hits and a lone run before exiting the contest with the Rays up 14-1.

 

Shields also got a hit, going 1-3 last night and scored 2 runs and got an RBI last night.

 

         

 

Every starter for the Rays got a hit last night aginst the Marlins, with several having great multi-hit nights. Eric Hinske went 2-5 last night with 2 doubles. Carl went 2-5 with his two monster homers, and Longoria went 3-6, missing the cycle by a triple.

 

Dioner Navarro went 2-4, and Ben Zobrist went 2-6 to rasie his average to .286 and got his first homer of the year for the Rays.  Zobrist did not start the night out great filling in for Jason Bartlett.

 

Zobrist started the game by committing 2 erros at short before settling down and playing great the rest of the evening. It was not a picture perfect night in the field for the Rays. B J Upton also got an error on a catch, and Akinora Iwamura got hit with his first error of the year.

 

What is surprising about Aki’s error is the fact, he did not have to try and complete the double play since the runner was too far up the basepath, but Aki knew that a double play would end the game for the Rays.

 

             

 

After stepping on second for the force out, Aki threw a forced ball toward Willy Aybar at first. The ball went 8 feet north of the base and flew to the field borders for an error. Aki was the last second baseman in the AL to committ an error this year.

 

 

The Rays 10-run inning was only the 2nd time in 2,903 all-time Interleague games that the ROAD team had a 10-run inning, the last was the St. Louis Cardinals in Oakland last June.

 

The Rays now have 15 series wins this season, one more than all of last year. The Rays will also be looking for their club record 6th sweep of the year, and the first on the road this year.

 

The Rays have now won their 4th series all-time in Miami. It is also their second straight series, and their 4th Citrus Series in 7 years.

 

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