Thursday, September 24, 2009

CHEESE & WHINE: 10 to Go

Rays: 5
Mariners: 4

  • BJ Upton. Bossman's 2-run single in the 8th put the Rays in the lead for good. Upton was 2 for 3 from the plate with 3 RBI and a walk, add-in the amazing game-ending catch in CF and BJ was at his best last night.
  • Ben Zobrist. Zobrist was only 1 for 3 from the plate and left 3 on base, but his defensive efforts made up for his lack of offense; Zorilla made a tough straight-at-ya catch in RF in the 6th, and kept the Rays within 1 after cutting-down Saunders at home to end the seventh.
  • Shouse, Springer, and Choate. The "laugh staff" found a way to actually not lose the game. I'm thoroughly impressed.


  • The Top. Bartlett and Crawford were a combined 0 for 7. Pretty sure the top o' the lineup is supposed to do a wee-bit more than that.
  • Dioner Navarro. What a shame that last year was the exception and not the rule in terms of Navi's hitting prowess. Last night, 0 for 4. Again. Moving his average to an abysmal .219 (the lowest among the starters).


  • The Rays are sitting at 78-74 with 10 to play, which is good enough for 8th best in the American League (1 game behind both Minnesota and Seattle (79-73)).
  • Wade Davis was fairly good last night, pitching 5 and 2/3 innings (96 pitches- 64 for strikes), allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, while striking-out 6 and walking 1.

CAVIAR (game ball):

  • BJ Upton. Bossman came through in the clutch... twice.

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