Matt Moore actually gave up a couple of earned runs last night, even though he was in charge into the seventh inning against Baltimore. James Loney went three-for-three and had three ribbies. Three relievers went two-and-one-third innings of shutout baseball. And the Tampa Bay Rays topped the Orioles by a score of 6-2. It looked like good, old-fashioned Rays baseball, winning in a quietly dominant fashion. Oh, yeah, and Joe Maddon got tossed arguing a caught-stealing call.
Moore stretched into the seventh inning, and part of the reason is that he threw 67 strikes in 104 pitches. In eighteen innings, he’s given up eight hits. He has twenty strikeouts over that stretch, and although he has issued eleven walks, his WHIP is 1.06. Sadly, his ERA blossomed to 1.00 last night… For anyone wondering about what he would bring to the staff this season, a small, three-game sampling shows growth and confidence. Everyone knows he has the arm and stuff.
Loney had his best game as a Ray. He spread the wealth, with a double to center, another to right, and a single to left. On top of that, he had a walk. If he can continue to hit to all fields, that along with his glove will make him the valuable addition the Rays were hoping for when they signed him.
Maddon put up a pretty good beef before getting run. The call was close, and it could have gone either way, but it was good to see Maddon stand up for the club. Early this season, the Rays haven’t had a lot of calls go their way. Whether planned or just frustration, Maddon took one for the team with his first ejection of the season.
In news from down on the farm, Wil Myers was pulled from his game with a contusion on his foot. Not to worry. He’s day-to-day.
•Tampa Bay sends Cy Young winner David Price to the hill tonight, facing off with Miguel Gonzalez. Price is looking to lower his uncharacteristic 5.82 ERA and notch his first win. Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA.