Garza Loses Tough One on the Road


Blue Jays 6, Rays 2


I am a firm supporter of the new Rays stadium plans on the old Al Lang stadium site. I have heard all the arguments of heat, parking and a severe reaction to liquid sunshine.  That is true baseball, and if you do not like it, there is always other stadiums that can open and close their roofs for you.

One of the main positive groups for the stadium is the majorleaguedowntown group. They have recently gotten signs for the yards,businesses’ and cars for those wanting to show their positive support for the plan. Below is a dvert from Go check out the site and the plans and practical ideas behind this new stadium.







Trivia Fact of the Night: 


First baseman Rip Collins of the Cardinals hated to throw away his broken bats. So he took them home and constructed a picket fence with them.






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                                        The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly







                                                   The Good



Last time out,  Rays starter Matt Garza got his first victory of the season against the Orioles. Matt has gone 6-2 lifetime against the AL East, with all his victories coming on the road. Matt also had his MLB debut against these same Blue Jays on August 11, 2006, but lost that first start.



Garza seemed to be gaining confidience and strength during his 6 innings tonight, but a bad inning doomed him to a loss tonight. Matt had his control and his arsenal in check before the bottom of the 6th inning. In that inning, he gave up a walk and two singles before leaving the contest losing 1-0.



Honorable Mention “Good” guys:



*** Rays starting catcher Dioner Navarro got the first hit of the game, but decided to test the arm of rightfielder Alex Rios by stretching the play into a double. Rios gunned him down at second with a great throw to the lower side of the bag and got Dioner without a problem.



** Leftfielder Carl Crawford decided that he too could throw out a runner, and got his chance in the bottom of the 6th when Jays catcher Rod Barajas tested his arm and tried to stretch his advancement to third. Carl also threw a strike to Evan Longoria, who tagged out Barajas.



* B J Upton hit a 2-run RBI doubleto deep center in the top of the 9th inning off Jays starter Shawn Marcum. B J ‘s shot scored Aki Iwamura and Carl Crawford to ruin Marcum’s shutout bid. B J also stole second to get himself in scoring position.







                                                    The Bad



Rays slugger Carlos Pena again left 2 runners in scoring position tonight. The last one was B J Upton on second in the bottom of the 9th inning. Pena struck out swinging to end the Rays momentum and the game.



The Rays only managed 4 hits off the Toroanto starter tonight and struck out 10 times.







                                                   The Bad



The Rays ran into a hot pitcher tonight and were about to be subject to a 1-hit shutout before Aki Iwamura and Carl Crawford each got singles to start the top of the 9th inning. B J Upton ruined his shutout, and chased Shawn Marcum from the game.



The best average against Marcum by the Rays starters was Eric Hinske, who was 1-3 against the  Jays starter. that kind of stat does not bode well for a offense juggernaut of a night.



Since entering the Jays rotation last May, Marcum has posted a 14-6 record  with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts.  He is one of only 6 AL starters to record a winning percentage over .700 or higher since last season.




Former Rays player of the Night:






I am beginning to think I should reserve a spot on my list for former Rays catcher Raul Cassanova on a weekly basis. This former battery mate who is the  New York Met’s starting catcher went 2-5 tonight with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. He is currently hitting at .283 for the Mets.




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