Price was solid in 2nd official outing of Spring Training going 5 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 8 and only walking 1. The only mistake he made was allowing a solo home run to Jason Kubel in the 2nd inning. The Rays’ ace was in command of the zone and threw 75 pitches (49 strikes). The bullpen was equally as impressive behind him. Jake McGee threw a scoreless 6th inning and only allowed 1 hit. Brandon Gomes, Brad Boxberger and Kirby Yates all threw 1-2-3 innings while striking out 1 (Gomes struck out 2).
The offense also found its groove as the recorded 11 hits on the game. James Loney went 2 for 3 on the day with 2 runs scored. Yunel Escobar continued his impressive spring by going 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. His average on the spring is now .500. David DeJesus went 2 for 2 with an RBI in his return, as he had been out of the lineup the past few games with soreness in his side.
Jerry Sands continues to be the most impressive hitter among the non-roster invitees as he doubled in his only at-bat of the game. Sands is now hitting .421 on the spring and is among the Grapefruit League leaders in batting average, extra base hits and RBIs. Jeremy Moore hit a 2-run home run in the 7th inning to help extend the Rays’ lead. Curt Casali also doubled in a run in the 8th inning as well.
The Rays are back in action tomorrow at 1:05 in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. Nate Karns will be on the hill for the Rays. Check back to Rays Colored Glasses tomorrow morning for the game preview.