Here is the second Rays Corner blog as I continue to work and develop my blog and cover the Rays at the same time. Things were decent for the Durham Bulls over the weekend, but man, the Rays really stink on the road.
Tampa Bay Rays
On Friday night, the Rays won 7 to 4 over Toronto to move their record back to .500 at 12-12. The offense got going late in this game with Derek Norris, Evan Longoria, and Logan Morrison all hitting home runs in this game. Corey Dickerson, who also hit a home run, was 2 for 5 in the game and scored 2 runs while Norris went 2 for 4 in the game. Blake Snell (ND) again struggled to go just 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, walking 3 and struck out 3. Seriously, this guy has to figure it out or the back-end of the rotation will continue to hurt the Rays. Austin Pruitt (3-0) went 3 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and struck out one in solid relief again. Chase Whitley (S 1), in relief of Jumbo Diaz, went two thirds, striking out one to close out the game.
On Saturday, the Rays lost 4 to 1, dropping their record to 12-13 on the year and just 3-9 away from the Trop. Steven Souza Jr. was 1 for 2 with a walk before leaving the game after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative, but he is being re-evaluated the next few days. Jesus Sucre was 1 for 2 with the lone RBI. Kevin Kiermaier went 0 for 5 with a strike out and in his last 7 games, he is just 1 for 28 with 10 strike outs which is just awful. Evan Longoria went 0 for 4 with a strike out and in his last 7 games is 5 for his last 29 as both key bats continue to struggle. Matt Andriese (1-1) went 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, walking 3 and struck out 4. Ryan Garton worked a clean inning, allowing just one hit.
On Sunday, the Rays lost 3 to 1, dropping their record to 12-14 on the year and just 3-10 to end the first month of the season. Brad Miller was 2 for 4 with a strike out as Logan Morrison was 1 for 2 with the lone run scored and drew 2 walks. Daniel Robertson went 0 for 2 with the sacrifice to get the RBI. Kiermaier was 0 for 4 with 3 strike outs as his streak is now 1 for his last 31 (TRASH). Chris Archer (ND) went 7.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, walking 2 and struck out 5 in a very solid outing for him. Alex Colome (BS 2) (0-2) went a third, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, walking one and striking out one as his struggles just continue to close out games where he is being asked to get over 3 outs.
The Rays return to Florida as they begin a two-game series at Miami with Jake Odorizzi takes the mound for that game (first pitch at 7:07 PM).
On Friday night, the Bulls won 3 to 0 over Buffalo to move their record to 15-6 on the year. Jake Hager was 2 for 4 and scored 2 runs while Patrick Leonard went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run. Cade Gotta went 2 for 3. Jacob Faria (3-0) went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1 while striking out 11 batters in a great start.
On Saturday, the Bulls kept the winning streak going with a 6 to 3 win over Buffalo to move the win total to 16-6 on the year. Jake Hager was 2 for 5 with an RBI and scored a run. Willy Adames went 0 for 3 with 2 walks, scored 2 runs, and stole 2 bases. Granden Goetzman went 2 for 4. Yoel Espinal (2-0) went 3 innings in relief, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, walking 3 and struck out one. Diego Moreno recorded his 4th save of the year.
On Sunday, Durham had their winning streak snapped as they fell 6 to 1 to Buffalo, dropping their record to 16-7 on the year. Mallex Smith was 1 for 4 with a double and scored a run in his Durham debut. Willy Adames went 1 for 3 with a strike out (.210 average) while Casey Gillaspie was 0 for 4 with a strike out (.186 average on the year). Brent Honeywell (1-2) struggled, going 3.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 5 runs, walking one and striking out 4 batters.
The Bulls are off on Monday night.