Another tough loss for Tampa tonight. The Rays can not seem to have a huge offensive game whenever James Shields is on the mound. Tonight’s loss puts the Rays two games under .500.
What Went Right:
The “Ben Zobrist to the All-Star game bandwagon” has been formed and we are hopping on it. Zorilla went 2-4 with a homerun and two RBI’s. He seems to be replacing Aki fairly well.
The bullpen looked good in two and two thirds innings work tonight. Balfour Choate and Howell only gave up two hits and had two strikeouts.
What Went Wrong:
Being 0-8 with runners in scoring position is never a good thing to see. The offense needs to captlize when they get their chances.
I am a little upset after watching the Rays not draft a catcher with their first pick because Dioner Navarro is playing awful. Navi could not hit the ball if it was the size of a hot air balloon and beeped as it got closer to home plate. Can we plug in Hernandez for a game or two just to try it out?
Tomorrow’s game features John Lackey, RHP (1-1, 5.13) up against Jeff Niemann, RHP (5-4, 3.77) who is coming off his two hit complete game performance against the Royals. First pitch is at 7:08 P.M. EST.