The Game: For the second time in as many days, the Tampa Bay Rays picked up an extra inning victory by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 in ten innings on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. The win was the Rays fifth in a row and improved their spring record to 5-1.
The Rays took the lead in the home half of the first inning. Jason Bartlett led of the inning by drawing a walk. Bartlett moved to second on a ground out by Carl Crawford and then to third on a single by Evan Longoria. Ben Zobrist plated the run with a sac fly to center giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh tied the game in the fourth inning. Jose Tabata delivered a two out triple to right to get a runner in scoring position. Tabata came home a batter later on an RBI single by Pedro Alvarez to tie the game 1-1.
The Pirates took the lead in the seventh inning. Pedro Alvarez led off the inning with a triple to center field. Then Brian Friday struck a two run home run to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
Tampa Bay fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. JJ Furmaniak got things going with a single to center. Furmaniak then scored on an RBI double by Matt Joyce. Joyce later scored on an RBI single by Sean Rodriguez to tie the game 3-3 and force extra innings.
The Rays earned the victory in the bottom of the tenth. Joe Dillon led off the inning with a double to left field. Later in the inning, Fernando Perez struck a two out single to right that was deep enough to score Dillon to give the Rays the 4-3 win.
Matt Garza was strong in the start, throwing 3 shut-out innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 5. Lance Cormier followed and allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings. Jeff Bennett was next on the schedule pitching 2 innings and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits with a walk and a strikeout. Mike Ekstrom pitched a shut-out inning allowing a hit and recording 2 strikeouts. Alex Torres earned the victory, his second of the spring by pitching a scoreless frame allowing 1 hit while striking out and walking 1.
RP Top Prospects Watch:
Reid Brignac: 0 for 2.
John Jaso: 0 for 1 with a walk.
Desmond Jennings: 1 for 3.
Alex Torres: improved to 2-0 by pitching a shut-out inning allowing 1 hit wit 1 K and 1 walk.
A Look Ahead: The Rays (5-1) return to Ed Smith Stadium to play the Baltimore Orioles (1-5) on Tuesday. Jeff Niemann will start for the Rays with Jeremy Hellickson, Carlos Hernandez and Randy Choate also available.
Minor league spring training opened this week...correct? do you intend on having any reports from the minors? thanksReplyDelete