Welcome to the new Rays Corner blog series, a series that will be following the Rays throughout the season along with some minor league talk as well. Check out the week in Rays baseball and where they stand entering Friday.
Tampa Bay Rays
On Monday night, the Rays fell 6 to 3 to Baltimore, dropping their record to 10-11 on the year after leading this game before the rain and long ball doomed the Rays. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 4 with his 5th home run of the year while Shane Peterson went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs (continues to hit, but won’t be with the club for much longer). Kevin Kiermaier, still battling whatever cold bug he has, went 0 for 5 with 3 strike outs. Chris Archer (2-1) went 6.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, walked 5 and struck out 5. It was just not a good night for him. The lone bright spot from the pen (not Ryan Garton), was Chih-Wei Hu, who went a clean inning in relief in his MLB debut.
On Tuesday night, the Rays won 2 to 0 over the Orioles, moving their record to 11-11 as they dodged rain drops again. Steven Souza Jr. was 3 for 5 as he continues to just hit everything. Rickie Weeks Jr. went 1 for 3 with a run scored while Tim Beckham went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Austin Pruitt (ND) getting the spot start, went 3 innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 1, and struck out 3 batters. Danny Farquhar and Jumbo Diaz did well in relief. Chase Whitley (1-0) got the win, going 3 inning, striking out 3 batters while Alex Colome collected his 5th save on the year.
On Wednesday, the Rays lost in 11 innings to Baltimore, dropping their record to 11-12 on the year and just 2-8 on the road. The Rays lost it late after loading the bases and walking home the game deciding run. Corey Dickerson was 1 for 3 while Tim Beckham went 3 for 5 with 2 home runs, bringing his total to 4 on the year. Kiermaier was 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs as he continues to struggle. Alex Cobb (ND) labored through 5 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 3. Erasmo Ramirez went 4 solid innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk while striking out 3. Colome (0-1) went 1.2 inning, allowing 2 runs, 2 walks and struck out 2. It was Danny Farquhar who walked his lone batter he faced that decided the game.
After an off day on Thursday, the Rays return to action tonight up in Toronto as they face the last place Blue Jays at 7:07 PM.
After an off day on Monday, the Bulls were back and won 4 to 3 over Syracuse, moving their record to 12-6 on the year. Willy Adames was 1 for 4 with 2 strike outs. He is batting just .209 on the year so he is still struggling up there. Granden Goetzman went 2 for 4 with a triple and drove in a run. Brent Honey well (1-1) went 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, walking just 1 batter and striking out 9.
On Wednesday morning, the Bulls won 5 to 2 over Syracuse, moving their record to 13-6 on the year. Willy Adames went 1 for 3 with a walk (batting .214 on the year). Patrick Leonard went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and scored a run while Granden Goetzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored a run. Ryan Yarbrough (1-2) went 6.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 8 batters.
On Thursday, the Bulls hammered Syracuse, winning 13 to 3 and moving their record to 14-6 on the year. Patrick Leonard went 5 for 5 with his 2nd home run of the year, driving 2 total and scoring 4 runs. Casey Gillaspie was 2 for 4 with his 2nd home run and Curt Casali went 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Justin Marks (4-1) got the win in relief, going 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 2 batters.
The Bulls, sitting 1.5 games up in the International South division, facing the North leading Buffalo starting tonight at 7:05 for the start of a 3-game series.