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Rays Score Runs, Beat White Sox!

For a complete write-up on the game, as always, head to SBN Tampa Bay, the website to end all others.

Yeah, that lineup just went out and scored 5 runs. Go figure.

Only a week ago, Edwin Jackson went out and dominated the Rays starters. This week, the backups -- perhaps the Bench Mob? -- knocked him around for 4 runs and an easy win. The win was easy, of course, because David Price was who we thought he was. Price went 8 innings of velociraptor-magnificence, striking out 9 on merely 98 effortless apparently 114 blistering pitches.

Other thangs observed:

  • Sam Fuld's baserunning has already begun its descent back to earth. He was caught stealing again, the third consecutive. The rest of his game? Still heavenly. He went 4 for 4 with a double and snared yet another improbable diving catch. Early UZR readings have him at ~19 runs above average per 150 innings. Improbable? Yes. Impossible? No.
  • Ben Zobrist got the offense going early, popping a 2-run homer in the first. He now has 3 homers on the season. In 2010, Zobrist got his 3rd homer on May 26th, the 47th game of the season.
  • Reid Brignac, Ben Zobrist, and the aforementioned Samuel Fuld each made some great plays today -- Reid with a dandy dive and throw from the deep left infield, and Ben Zobrist offering his own diving snag out in right field. Casey Kotchman also had a nice grab on the last play of the game.
  • Felipe Lopez homered again, this time off Matt Thornton, pushing his day's stat line to an impressive 3 for 4 with a double and a homer. Matt Thornton is looking broken, Felipe Lopez is looking like a legit cleanup hitter -- things I did not expect to write, and things unlikely true in a month.
  • Matt Joyce also continued to look well at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a steal.
  • Joel Peralta, one of the members of the ZOMG-WE'RE-GONNA-DIE bullpen, pitched an impressive and quite final frame, punching out 2 and walking 1.
Update: I went through all the trouble to gif this, and then forgot to post it. H/t Jason Collette for pointing this out: David Price was clearly in much greater command of his majesty tonight. If it is not animating, then click it or just shut up: