Rays Wrestle One from the White Sox

Oh my god, Jonny Gomes is now the team practical joker too. Winning Rays pitcher,Andy Sonnanstine was doing a radio interview with Rich Hererra and Jonny gave him a swirly shaving cream facejob. Not your usual, hit and run variety, but a “let me rub that in a little” major swirly. 

Kudos Jonny, you ARE the man tonight.


White Sox 0, Rays 5



Trivia Fact of the Night:

The first major leaguer to hit a home run with the lights on was Babe Herman of the Cincinnati Reds in July 1935.




The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Prints               The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Prints              The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Prints


                                  The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly



                                              The Really Good.


There are a lot of great moments in this game. Both the offense and the defense came together as one tonight to show everyone what this team is willing, able and can do on a regular basis.  I get chills just thinking about it here.


But my first star of the game has to be Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine. This is the guy who two short years ago was our Minor League pitcher of the year for the organization. Now he has risen to the starting rotation, and got himself only the 12th complete game shutout of the Rays short history.


Only three Sox players got hits off Sonnanstine tonight. Shortstop Orlando Cabrera got a bunt single in the first inning off  third baseman Evan Longoria.  Fellow third baseman Joe Crede  singled to deep  left centerfield, and former Rays Toby Hall got the last hit on a single up the middle in the 6th inning.  Andy threw 106 pitches and struck out 4 tonight.


Honorable Mention “Good ” guys:



*** The threesome of Carl Crawford, B J Upton and Carlos Pena finally got their bats moving tonight and hit a combined 7-11.  B J Upton led the charge going 3-4 to improve his average to .343. Carl Crawford went 2-4 to improve to .266, and Carlos Pena, was back in action as the DH tonight is up to .203 and looking better and more relaxed at the plate.


** Jonny Gomes played rightfield tonight and set the tone for the Rays. He went 1-2, but scored two critical runs for the Rays and  hit a ball 403 feet to the top yellow mark on the centerfield wall tonight.  The ball hit the yellow tape and came back into the playing field to become a live ball.


 Sox’s outfielder Alexi Ramirez thought the ball had gone over for a homerun until leftfirlder Carlos Quentin alertrd Ramirez to the ball sitting 7 feet in front of  him. Jonny ended  with a triple in classic Gome style. sliding headfirst into third.


* I am listing Jonny twice tonight on “good” guys because this play set the tone for the first runs of the night. White Sox pitcher Mark Buerle hit Jonny with a pitch. With gomes at first, Buerle, who  has an incredible pickoff move for a lefty, caught Jonny leaning to far to second base. 


 Jonny was caught in “no-mans’ land,” and scuffled and scattered to somehow wiggle under the tag at second to safely set up a man in scoring position for Eric Hinske’s single that scored Gomes from second and start the scoring for the Rays. In credible moves and a sure fire Top 10 ESPN moment tonight.


                                                   The Bad


The only bad from tonight’s pitching gem came courtesy of  the only two Rays not to get a hit tonight. I will give a waiver to Nathan Haynes, who came on in the top of the 8th inning for Gomes. The other Rays to go hitless tonight was Evan Longoria. Longoria, who is hitting .259,  went 0-4 tonight and grounded into two double plays.


                                              The Ugly


The biggest ugly is the fact that Carl Crawford got caught in a rundown again trying to steal second base. I do not know if Carl had a mental lapse, or Buerle has the best pick off move in the universe.  Also B J Upton got caught off third base by Joe Crede after advancing there on Carlos Pena’s infield hit to the shortstop. Upton was caught a few feet off the bag and try to produce a run down, but was tagged out almost immediately.



Former Rays Player of the Night:

I have to go with former Ray outfielder Jose Guillen of the Kansas City Royals. Jose has been in a bit of a hitting funk this year, but he broke out today with a 2-4 night with 3 RBI’s. Guillen hit a 2-out 3 run homer in the first inning.



Rubber match is tomorrow with the Rays sending Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose the White Soxs’ John Danks. Gametime is 12:40 PM 




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