Rays fifth outfielder Peter Bourjos was acquired from the White Sox for his ability to cover any outfield position with defensive competence, and because the Rays bench is currently short on right handed hitting outfielders, Bourjos received a start today against the Yankees and CC Sabathia.
This was the second game of the season, and Peter Bourjos’s first action in Tropicana Field in some years. Let’s see how it went:
At first it seemed like Peter Bourjos merely lost the ball in the off-white rooftop of Tropicana Field, but that is typically only an issue during the daytime, when sunlight brightens the dome.
Instead, based on how quickly the ball landed and some eagle eyed commentary, it was evident that the Matt-Holliday-struck baseball had knicked the B-Ring, one of the many catwalks in the roof of Tropicana Field.
Not every catwalk allows the ball to continue being in play — as seen in this video of Kendrys Morales hitting a homerun off a catwalk — but here Holliday was limited to an RBI double. Fun!
The Yankees would go on to win 5-0, but not before the Rays loaded the bases and put up a fight toward the end of the game, dragging both Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman into the rivalry matchup. Game three is Wednesday night on Fox Sports 1.
GIF courtesy of MLB Cut4, video here.