Tampa Bay dropped it’s second consecutive game to the Twins Thursday, this time by a score of 9-7. Blame the loss on a spotty start by Erik Bedard (though he was able to put the pieces together after a 42 pitch first), and a five run fifth off Heath Bell. Credit where it’s due, the offense brought the Rays within two after being down by six. The Rays were able to tag Minnesota for seven runs today (18 in the series), which is a plus.
Thursday was the AL-leading 11th time a Rays starter didn’t work more than five innings — the eighth time in the last 10 games since Cobb went on the disabled list. That’s not an achievement I’m comfortable touting. Moving forward. Though Joe Maddon said there are no planned changes for the rotation as of now, it’ll be interesting to see if Maddon and Andrew Friedman hold firm to that qualifier ahead of their upcoming 10-game road trip — especially since Bell left the game after being hit by a comebacker.
Next up, the Rays will head to Chicago for a four game, wrap around series. I’ll put together a series preview in a bit.
- It looks like David DeJesus is finally heating up. After snapping an 0-24 streak Tuesday night, DeJesus crushed a two run shot in the third inning off Ricky Nolasco.
- Desmond Jennings in center or BJ Upton? I choose Jennings. Why? See below.