We wanted to see how long Garza would last today after saying he had a tired arm during the spring. Garza threw seven innings of four hit baseball with one earned run and five K’s and was also reported throwing 96 MPH twice in the seventh. So lets throw the tired arm theory out of the window. C-Pain at the dish was something we figured should be interesting after his game yesterday. Pena went 1-2 with three walks. Its good to see that he is getting is eye for balls back.
The 3-4-5 part of the order, which was carried in most part by Longo went 5-10 with five walks, two RBIs, and a homerun. It’s nice to see the meat of the lineup look solid at the dish.The running game wasn’t that much of a factor with the Rays only having one steal from Aki
And lets not forget the last what to watch for, our other writer Mr. Martinez. We could not find him in the stands. It was like reading the book Where’s Waldo. Hopefully Boston wasn’t too rough on him.
What Went Right:
The offense seemed to be solid today with some unlikely contributers. Matt Joyce had his first hit as a Ray which was a HR in the top of the second to get the Rays on the board. Shawn Riggans added his first long ball of the season, a solo-shot, to go along with that.
Evan Longoria continues to impress early in the season. Longo’s 3-5 day was highlighted with a single,double, and two run homer.The four runs added to Garza’s seven inning gem helped win the Rays the series.
What Went Wrong:
The bullpen looked great……at almost blowing Garza’s game. Brian Shouse and Troy Percival pitch one and two thirds innings of god awful baseball with a line of two hits, two runs and a walk. I feel Shouse will bounce back from this being a specialist but Percy doesn’t look to promising. Maybe Papa Joe will bring the closer by committee back soon.
Gabe Gross. Gross had yet another 0-3 day at the plate. With Gross being a career .242 hitter it only makes sense to try a Kapler/Joyce platoon in right when B.J comes off the DL. I feel Gross’ days could be coming to a halt in Tampa Bay soon if he doesn’t step it up.
The Rays travel to Baltimore to take on the Orioles in a three game series to wrap up the road trip. Tampa Bay will send Andy Sonnanstine to the mound to face former Devil Ray Mark Hendrickson. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M. EST.