The Rays Tank: Bouncing Back

Mike Carlson

After getting shutout for the eleventh time this season on Wednesday, the Rays bounced back and turned the tables as they shutout the Astros 5-0.

Chris Archer’s pitching was outstanding, Kiermaier and Longo went back-to-back in the seventh, and the Rays were not the ones being shut out last night. Kiermaier also made another pretty stellar catch in right field last night and there’s no denying that he’s been one of the few bright spots on the team this year.

The Rays couldn’t have asked for a better bunt from Ryan Hanigan last night that scored Brandon Guyer from third base to put Tampa Bay up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Picture courtesy of Will Vragovic of the Tampa Bay Times.

Have you ever seen a ball get hit back into a pitching machine? Matt Joyce made that happen during BP yesterday.

David DeJesus was placed on the DL yesterday with an avulsion fracture of his left ring finger. Basically, the ligament attached to his finger was pulled loose from the bone. Ouch. DeJesus will be in a splint for the next three weeks before his is reevaluated.

Rays on the Runway is next Wednesday, so two of the Rays girlfriends stopped by WTSP 10 News to do some promoting. Tickets are $125 each for the event.

Links:

-Another day, another article on where Price could land, should the Rays choose to trade him before the deadline. Jayson Stark says there’s a zero percent chance DP will go to another team within the AL East.

-If you missed Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter like I did, you can check out Jeff Sullivan’s article over at FanGraphs which features gifs of three of Kershaw’s fifteen strikeouts. Sullivan also examines how dominant Kershaw’s slider has become.

-David Kagan of The Hardball Times takes a look at the "Physics of the Bunt."

-The Pirates are coming to the Trop next week, but will Jason Grilli still be their closer by that time?

-MLB and the MLB Players Association have announced the creation of the Puerto Rico Summer League.

-That ERA though… Sorry Bard, Texas isn’t for you.

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