Thursday, July 9, 2009

CHEESE & WHINE: Oh No- There Goes To-ronto- Zo, Zo, Zorilla

Rays: 10
Jays: 9

  • Ben Zobrist. Not only did Zorilla hit the walk-off single to win the game he also hit a 3-run homerun (his 17th), and took a walk. Add to that the fact that he looks like he's really found his comfort zone at second base, and you've got yourself a legitimate all-star. Zobrist finished the night 3 for 5 with 4 RBI.
  • BJ Upton. Upton's steal of home was legen... wait for it... dary. Here it is: There's no place like home.
  • Dioner Navarro. Navi had a nice game from the plate, finishing 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. The Rays need more games like this from Navi down the stretch.
  • The Middle/Bottom. The middle to bottom of the lineup (Zobrist, Burrell, Bartlett, Kapler, Navi) combined to be 10 of 20 with a total of 8 RBI. Way to pick up the slack left by the fella's up top.


  • Dr Jekyl/Mr Kazmir. Kaz looked like he had his stuff working for him, but he just couldn't stay out of his own way last night. Kaz surrendered 2 homers early before imploding in the 4th (although, in his defense, the home plate ump, Bill Welke, was wildly inconsistent with his balls and strikes calls). Kaz' stat line looks like this; 6 and 1/3 innings, 7 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4.
  • Grant Balfour. Too many times this year the Mad Aussie has looked absolutely horrid, this was one of those times. Grant pitched 2/3 and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits.


  • Last night's game lasted 4 hours 5 minutes... I swore it seemed like 5 hours, at least.
  • The Rays look for the sweep today at 12:08 EST

CAVIAR (game ball):

  • Ben Zobrist. Another great performance from Zorilla.

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