Tuesday, June 30, 2009

GCL Rays top Sox, 5-3

GCL RaysThe Game: Jake McGee got his second rehab start of the year in his comeback from Tommy John Surgery last year. Although his last start was shaky and short due to his 20 pitch limit, McGee was much more in control this start. In 2 innings of work, McGee did not allow a baserunner and struck out 5 out of the 6 batters he faced.

Enny Romero came out of the bullpen in relief, going 3 innings and only allowing 3 hits, although he did walk 3. He did not allow a run. Eli Suero came on and pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on on 6 hits, striking out 2 to earn the save.

Offensively, the Rays had their best game of the year in terms of the whole lineup helping out. Shortstop Cristian Vasquez had a 3 hit game, including an RBI. Geraldo Olivares and Astin Jacobo had 2 hit performances. Vasquez, Olivares, Jacobo, Hector Gomez and Ruben Contreras each drove in 1 of the Rays' 5 runs. The Rays also played errorless defense.

The win improves the Rays to 3-3.

What went right: Jake McGee, 2 perfect innings and 5 strikeouts in his second start back from TJ surgery. Cristian Vasquez went 3-5 with an RBI.

What went wrong: Felix Gonzalez, 0-3 with a strikeout and one of the few Rays to not get a hit. Eli Suero, had a shaky 4 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.

The road ahead: The Rays take on the GCL Orioles at home tomorrow at 12:00 PM.