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The Ray-Yankee Fan — Courtesy: SunSports via @CorkGaines
Outfield: Through the first half of the game, the outfield played solid defense. A heck of a play by Zobrist in the long fourth inning. In the 9th, Joyce misplayed a ball which resulted in a lead-off Triple for Granderson. This was pretty much the only mistake of the night in the outfield. (4 stars)
Infield: As always, Briggy's glove was what I believe to be one of the best defensive gloves at short stop. Pena had an extremely rare mental error in the fourth when he was apparently day dreaming and missed the pick off move from the catcher, but the error on the scoreboard was given to the catcher Lobaton. Masters of the Shift, the Rays pull off an unorthodox double play (2nd to Shortstop LIDP) to save Lueke's butt and get out of the 8th inning. (4 stars)
Starting pitching: David Price starting the first a little rough but did not allow a run. In the Second he did better striking out the last 2 of three batters he faced. Other than the Jeter single, Price threw another solid inning in the Third. In the fourth, David sorta unraveled allowing 2 runs and 3 hits. Price ends up going 6.1 IP, throwing 107 pitches, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5 and walking 4. Solid outing, obviously room for good improvement though. (4.5 stars)
Bullpen: Burke Badenhop - Master of the 1 pitch double plays. Lueke however walked the first batter he faced then gave up a double to Cano. After Lueke left, Peralta gave up a 3 run shot to Swisher to make this game closer than it ever should have been. After a solid first day, the bullpen scared me today. (2.7 stars)
Catching: 1 or 2 slip ups but all around solid behind the plate with Lobaton tonight. (4 stars)
Offense: Rays got off to a semi-fast start in the bottom of the first getting 2 runs off 1 hit and 4 total base runners. Forcing Kuroda to throw 27 pitches. In the second, the offense picked up 2 more hits and another run, including the lead off double by Jose Lobaton and the RBI single by Carlos Pena. Matt Joyce blew a solo shot to right to start the offensive side of the 3rd. Rays next offensive jolt came in the 6th with a lead off double by Zobrist and he was promptly drove in by a double by Scott. A few batters later, Jennings drives in Scott with an RBI Single. It all came to a screeching halt after a mental error on the base paths by Brignac. In the 7th Longo hit what appeared to be a two run homer but it was reviewed and called fan interference and the runs were called back and put on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, they were promptly drove in by Matt Joyce. (5 stars)
Umpiring: Balls and strikes was remarkably better tonight. As was the calls around the infield. The only bad thing was them putting Pena back on 3rd with the home run review in the bottom of the 7th, but that was really minor considering he was drove in a couple pitches later. (4.5 stars)
Player(s) of the game: Matt Joyce, Luke Scott (offensively) Ben Zobrist (defensively) Fernando Rodney (pitching)
Play of the game: The final out that every Rays pitcher seemed to be allergic to except Rodney.
Final word: I'm loving the Rays offense right now, I hope it continues throughout the year this be the standard instead. Lueke less than impressed me and I hope he gets it right or gets shipped back to Durham. Defensive miscues were present tonight but again the standard was very good defense. Except for the scary 9th inning, another good win and the Rays have beaten the Rays 6 times in a row. Rays sit at 2-0, Yankees and Red Sox sit at 0-2. Get some! By the way, imagine that, Rodney gets the save....go figure. (4 stars)