Sonnanstine Improves to 5-1 Against Jays



Rays 5, Blue Jays 4


It was a welcome sight to see our favorite team in the last leg of this roadtrip. We have a perfect record against our AL East opponent, the Blue Jays this year (4-0). The Rays took some time to get going, but Troy Percival helped close the contest and end our losing streak after the dismal Boston leg of the trip.



Trivia Fact of the Night:

On August5,1921, the first radio play-by-play of a major league game was broadcast. The game was Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia on station  KDKA. The Pirate won 8-5.




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                                        The Good,The Bad,and the Ugly



                                                 The Good


The Rays had the right pitcher on the mound for the first game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Andy Sonnanstine is the hottest pitcher in the Rays rotation right now. Tonight, he improved his record to 5-1 in a Rays 5-4 victory in the Rogers Centre.


Andy became the quickest pitcher to 5 victories in Rays history. The previous record was Scott Kazmir who performed the feat in 35 games. He is also 9-3 in his last 15 starts for the Rays.


Honorable mention “Good ” guys:




*** Aki Iwamura had a great night tonight going 2-5 and collecting 2 RBI’s to up his average to .228 for the season. Iwamura was also the middle man in the Rays 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the 6th inning. Aki knocked in Dioner Navarro in the top of the third inning with a single to rightfield. Aki got his second RBI of the night with a double to center that scored Jason Bartlett, but Aki was cut down at third by Vernon Well.


** Eric Hinske has done everything asked of him since he joined the team in March. Eric is currently tied with Carlos Pena for the team homer lead with 7. Eric also is leads the Rays with 13 extra base hits and is currently second in the American League in slugging percentage with a .581 average.

* I have to give number  1 star  honors to a future Hall of Famer.

Rays closer Troy Percival may not be the Rays MVP this year, but he is truly the most valuable mentor to our players both on the field and on the mound. Troy moved past John Wetteland tonight for sole possession of 10th place on the All-Time Save list. Such a event might not have happened if he did not decide to un-retire last year and still felt the desire and the want to put on a MLB uniform again this season.


Congrats Troy, now let’s go get Rollie Fingers and 9th place.


                                           The Bad


The Rays put up 9 hits tonight, but left 9 men on base. Tonight,  Carlos Pena and Gabe Gross each left two runners on base in scoring position. That is the statistic that can mean the difference between an October game and watching it on the TV.


 Leaving men in scoring position is actually like letting the pitcher forget he was on the ropes, and you almost had him that inning. Both of these players are experiencing a situation where they have adjusted and shown improvement in their batting stroke and in the contact with the ball.   Time will tell what will happen in the next few months.





                                                         The Ugly


The ugly moment of the night is not a Rays situation tonight, but a play that happened to a Toronto infielder.


Toronto Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald rolls on the ground after hurting his ankle while chasing down a ground ball hit by the Rays Gabe Gross during the sixth inning.  McDonald was replaced by Marc Scutaro and is listed as day-to-day at this moment.



Former Rays’ player of the Night:



Tonight’s former Rays is current Pittsburgh Pirate Chris Gomez. He has been a journeyman infielder for several teams during his career, but is getting his shot at his best position, shortstop with the Pirates.


Gomez went  2-4 with 2 runs cored and a RBI tonight. He is currently hitting .276 for the year. Gomez  singled to left center in the bottom of the 7th inning to score Jose  Bastista. 





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