It was Kiermaier's first in his career, and the first for the Rays in over a year.
Despite the excitement, the late-game loss dampered the glory,
"Feels good. But at the end of the day, that was a tough ninth inning and it just puts a damper on everything. It's not about me, it's about the team. I felt good in the batter's box tonight. But at the same time, they put more runs up than us tonight and that was a tough way to lose it there in the ninth."
That being said, the outfield looks to be a wee bit crowded when those guys come back...
Who goes, in the "OF logjam"? (Thanks for that one, Erik.)
- The Hardball Times got a shoutout on the YES broadcast of the Rays-Yankees game last weekend, so 1. Congrats, guys, Shane Tourtellotte in particular, and 2. Due to this, THT revisited the "hangover effect" piece referenced on air. Give it a read.
- Beyond the Box Score took a look at the ERA-FIP differential for starting pitchers after the first half, seeing who has performed better or worse than their ERA indicated.