Game 2: O’s 3 Rays 4

April 7, 2010

Garza carried the Rays in their victory tonight.

What Went Right

This team notches another come from behind win which is exciting to see. They could of easily come out flat after last nights opening day performance.

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Rays 4, O’s 3 Post Game 4/6/10

April 6, 2010

So uh, I was more pumped about Opening Day this year than I have ever been.. The Rays didn’t let that excitement go to waste! WALK OFFFFF!!!!

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Los Angles Angels 4 Tampa Bay Rays 3

June 9, 2009

Shields did not receive a lot of run support. (AP)

Shields did not receive a lot of run support. (AP)

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Game 55: Kanas City Royals 0, Tampa Bay Rays 9

June 4, 2009

Giraffes seem to like shaving cream. (Brian Cassella/Times)

Giraffes seem to like shaving cream. (Brian Cassella/Times)

Adrian is on hiatus so I will be doing the post game. Tonight’s win for the Rays was huge as they go for the sweep tomorrow against the Royals. With the great pitching performance from Jeff Niemann and an¬†offensive¬†outburst, the Rays looked like the team of ’08. Read the rest of this entry »

Game 47: Rays 10 Indians 11

May 25, 2009
Why couldnt it have been anyone else? (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Why couldn't it have been anyone else? (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

In an absolute nightmare of a game, the Rays continue their losing ways in Cleveland. After getting out front and spotting starter David Price a 10-0 lead, the Indians scored 11 unanswered runs, nine coming the the final two innings. The bullpen imploded tonight and deserved the loss after tonight’s performance. Now we know why Rays Index has been referring this ballclub as the Devil Rays (don’t hold us to paying any foundations though) as the pitching was sadly reminiscent of the 2006/2007 squads. Off we go.

What Went Right:
The offense continues to produce and lead the Majors in runs scored. They also continue to grind out at bats and draw walks as they drew nine overall. Carlos Pena, Ben Zobrist, and Dioner Navarro led the way with two hits each as every starter except Evan Longoria and Willy Aybar had at least a hit and an RBI. Longoria did draw three walks though and Gabe Gross connected on his third homerun on the season in the third.

What Went Wrong:
Pitching. Pitching this season has been the big problem for the Rays as the starters continue to struggle and the bullpen stays streaky. However it all came undone tonight. David Price’s 2009 debut can’t be really labeled as a success even though he only gave up two runs on four hits and striking out six. The reason is that it took him 100 pitches to get through 3.1 innings and did issue five bases on balls. His inability to finish hitters is what did him in and it didn’t help that he struggled to get first pitch strikes. Of the 19 hitters Price faced, he was only able to get a first pitch strike on nine of them, a ratio he’ll have to improve if he hopes to go deeper in games.

Even if the Rays would have won, it still could have been considered a loss in the fact that Joe Maddon had to use seven pitchers in a game which the Rays led 10-0. While Price was unable to go deep thus forcing Maddon to break into the bullpen early, the last four men are what did them in. They combined for five walks and six earned runs. Dale Thayer was unable to close out a game with a six run lead, Randy Choate was the victim of a Reid Brignac throwing error, Grant Balfour left a fastball up to a fastball hungry power hitter, and Jason Isringhausen couldn’t throw a strike. The result: a lot of walks and a seven run rally.

Stat of the Night:
The Indians scored seven runs in the ninth…on three hits.

What’s Next:
The Rays will have to put this nightmare behind them especially the pitchers. They’ll need Matt Garza to go deep and the hitters will need to continue their patient approaches against Carl Pavano. Hopefully Jason Bartlett will be back and ready to go as well. I really don’t want to think about this game anymore so that’ll be all.

Box Score

Game 43: Athletics 5, Rays 6

May 21, 2009
(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

This is all you need to know about today’s game.

Other quick notes:
-Troy Percival sucks
-Dan Wheeler sucks
-Joe Nelson…..
-Dioner Navarro possibly back?
-B.J. Upton’s back
-Domes are awesome
-Jason Bartlett is on his way to St. Louis

Box Score

Game 42: Athletics 7, Rays 6

May 21, 2009

Our thoughts exactly. (AP Photo/Chris OMeara)

Our thoughts exactly. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Ryan Sweeney is a destroyer of worlds. Another awful Scott Kazmir start has the rays down big and yet, the offense battles back to possibly save his rear end. Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and Ben Zobrist on first, the hero from Kazmir’s last horrendous outing steps to the plate. B.J. Upton connects on a well hit ball to left-center where a ridiculously deep-playing Sweeney awaits. Here was my thought process, see if you can tell when the ball was caught: B.J.!!! HE DID IT AGAIN!…….No way…no way…no way…NO WAY C’MON ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? That was the transition of a sure RBI triple to an ESPN Top Play nominee.

Oh well, that’s baseball. The Rays have only themselves to blame, or more specifically Kazmir. Although one could find fault in Aki Iwamura trying to tag on a very shallow fly ball Fernando Perez style. Oh well, it was good to see Carlos Pena mash, Willy Aybar get hot and the bullpen look good again (for the most part). Keeping it short today as I get ready to make my way out to Tropicana Field this afternoon. A loss here would be serious regression as the Rays would drop three of four to a last place team after taking three of four from another last place team.

Box Score