August 9, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) gets ready to bat in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Since no one was able to watch today’s game I’m not going to try and break things down as we usually do in these recaps. Instead, let’s do this thing bullet point style.
- Matt Moore struggled in the first inning. After facing the first three hitters Moore had allowed a double, a walk, two stolen bases and balked in a run. Maybe it’s better that part of the game wasn’t on TV. He settled down after that and ended up throwing six innings, allowing just two hits. Over his last three starts he’s 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA.
- The Rays bullpen continues to dominate as well, with Farnsworth, Howell and Davis combining for three innings and one hit. That stretches Howell’s scoreless innings streak to 21.
The hitters actually resembled a major league offense in scoring seven runs on thirteen hits. Everyone who started reached base at least once and Sam Fuld was the only one to go hitless. The most encouraging news, obviously, was Longoria playing for a third straight game and going 3-5 with a double and two runs batted in. He’s not going to be able to run like we’re accustomed to but, man, is it nice having his bat in the lineup.
Per crack Rays PR men Jonathon Gantt and Dave Haller, the Rays were 10-28 with RISP during this series and 0-10 last series against Baltimore. Also, they’ve won eight of eleven with a 1.19 ERA. In the last 10 wins? They’re ERA is 0.70. Pre-tay, Pre-tay good.
- Anyone who was actually there at the game, do you have any observations or insights?