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Game Notes: Colome vs Roark

Longo back in lineup, Wilson remains with team, and Varona to Double-A

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The Rays have now won four straight games en route to securing first place in the American League East. Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox have lost seven in a row, which is nice. The Rays won yesterday 6-1 over the Wasington Nationals, but in what would have been a crushing blow, Evan Longoria was removed from the game in the fifth after being hit in the wrist that had been bothering him the week before. It's good news, then, to see Longoria in today's starting lineup as opposed to on a one-way ticket to the disabled list.

Tonight, they'll send Alex Colome to the mound to face off against Tanner Roark. Heading into play today, Colome has a record of 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA and a 4.81 FIP to go along with his 16.5 K% and career best, 6.5 BB% in nine starts and 47 innings pitched. His last time out, he pitched into the sixth inning against the Angels and only allowed a run (Mike Trout solo-HR) on four hits, while walking two and striking out four.

Tanner Roark Scouting Report:

Roark was just recently moved into a starting role again about a month ago and the results have be mixed. In four starts this year, he is 2-0 with a 4.63 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched. So far this season, he is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA and a 5.51 FIP, so it seems Roark as been benefiting from some good luck. He also carries a 11.7 K% (the lowest of his career), and a 5.0 BB% into play today. His last time out, he pitched into the 7th inning against Milwaukee allowing five runs on nine hits, while walking one and striking out four.

Here's what his repertoire looks like (performing as a starter):

Fastball Low 90's

20% vs LHB /

24% vs RHB

Sporadically Sporadically
Sinker Low 90's

52% vs LHB /

48% vs RHB

Tails away, out of the zone Runs it in, under the hands, out of the zone
Change Low 80's

12% vs LHB /

0% vs RHB

Down in the zone N/A
Slider Mid 80's

0% vs LHB /

24% vs RHB

N/A Down and away, occasionally out of the zone
Curve Mid 70's

16% vs LHB

3% vs RHB

Sporadically Sporadically

Roark hasn't really shown a split this year between righties and lefties. After 85 trips to the plate, lefties have slashed .269/.329/.526 with 5 HR to go along with a 8.2 K% and 7.1% BB%, meanwhile righties have slashed .261/.287/.444 with 4 HR to go along with 14.7 K% and 3.2 BB% in 95 trips to the plate.

When opponents make contact off of Roark, 17.7% of the time is a line drive, meanwhile 46.9% are groundballs, and 35.4% are flies.

Today's Lineups

Denard Span - CF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Anthony Rendon - 3B Joey Butler - DH
Yunel Escobar - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Bryce Harper - RF David DeJesus - LF
Wilson Ramos - C Logan Forsythe - 2B
Clint Robinson - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Danny Espinosa - 2B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Michael Taylor - LF Jake Elmore - 1B
Ian Desmond - SS Rene Rivera - C
Tanner Roark - RHP Alex Colome - RHP

Other Notes:

- Not Rays related, but an interesting development I'm sure everyone has heard about already. Hackers are the new market inefficiency.

- Rays first rounder, Garrett Whitely, sat down with 104.5 and stated that a deal would be worked out.

- Rays international signee, Dayron Varona, moving on up

- Bobby Wilson has remained with the team

- 29th place

- June 16th in team history, of which they are 7-7 all time

  • 1971 - Chris Gomez is born. A career middle infielder who somehow stuck around the majors for 16 seasons despite being less than adequate. During his two seasons with Tampa Bay (2001-2002), he slashed .275/.313/.440 with 17 HR in 188 games, while posting 2.9 WAR.
  • 1980 - Dewon Brazelton is born, he'd be the team's first selection in the 2000 draft, sandwiched between Joe Mauer, Mark Prior, & Gavin Floyd, and Mark Teixeira. Over the course of four seasons with Tampa Bay (2002-2005), Brazelton was 8-23 with a 5.98 ERA and 5.73 FIP in 54 games and 253 innings pitched.
  • 1998 - After trailing for most of the game, the Devil Rays score three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Randy Myers of the Toronto Blue Jays. The night was capped off by a walkoff double hit by Miguel Cairo, giving the team a 4-3 victory.
  • 1999 - After coming back to tie the game in the 8th inning against the Chicago White Sox, the game would go into extra innings. Unfortunately, the Devil Rays would lose with anti-climatic fashion as Norm Charlton walked Greg Norton with the bases loaded to force in the winning run giving the White Sox a 3-2 walkoff victory.
  • 2001 - The team is one hit by the fearsome combination of Brad Penny and Ricky Bones in a 11-0 loss to the Marlins
  • 2012 - After allowing three runs to the Marlins in the first two innings and then holding them scoreless for the next 12, Brandon Gomes allows back-to-back extra base hits in the top of the 15th and the Rays would go on to lose 4-3.