After scoring a total of 19 runs in the first two games against the Blue Jays, the Rays hitting was absent in the 3rd game of the series, with the only runs coming off of a Carlos Pena homerun and a late homerun by Sean Rodriguez. This was Pena’s 4th dinger in three games. Im not going to take anything away from how good their starter Brett Cecil pitched, but when your pitcher holds them to minimal runs, the hitting needs to step up and help out. Especially, when this may have been one of Wade’s best games statistics wise that he has pichted this season.
Davis pitched 8 innings and only gave up 3 runs and struck out seven batters. I know these arent the best numbers but for a pitcher that has been struggling as of late, the bats need to be alive and give some support to get his confidence back. Davis is now the only starting pitcher on the Rays to have a losing record at (5-6). He did lower his ERA to 4.91. Still doesnt look good but decent for a 5th starter. “I thought Wade was really good. I thought that was Wade’s best outing of the year,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “Obviously, he pitched well enough to win. We just did not score enough runs tonight, but he was sharp.
Sean Rodriguez on the bright side, did extend his hitting streak to 11 games and has really stepped up his bat after starting the season with a below .200 average. I was begginning to wonder when this kid was going to hit the ball like he did in the spring. Well I guess he is answering my question now. Hes average is now .263, has 3 hr’s and 20 RBI’s. Like these numbers while he is getting full playing time with Jason Bartlett on the DL. I must say we are pretty stacked up the middle with Bartlett, Rodriguez, Zobrist, and Brignac. What the hell do we do with all these good players? Its such a nice thing to have such a good abundance of players and I think trading any of them would not be good for the Rays. They all provide tremendous flexibility in the line up as well as on the field.