Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rays Come From Behind To Tie Orioles

The Rays fought back from an early hole to finish with a 7-7 tie against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium. Tuesday's game marked the spring debut for Matt Moore who struck out three in 1 2/3 innings worked.

The Rays took early lead in the second inning. Matt Joyce went deep to right for a solo homer and a 1-0 Rays lead.

But then the Orioles struck big, tagging David Price for 4 earned runs in the home half of the inning. Ronny Paulino singled home JJ Hardy to tie the game. Then Jai Miller hit a three run blast to put the Orioles ahead 4-1.

The Rays battled back to cut the lead in half in the seventh inning. Brandon Guyer singled home Sean Rodriguez to bring the score to 4-2.

The Orioles wasted no time in making up that run by Jai Miller scoring on a sac fly to put them back ahead by three 5-2.

Then came the big four run inning by the Rays in the top of the ninth. Jesus Feliciano got the runs started by hitting a two run double to left, scoring Will Rhymes and Stephen Vogt to pull the Rays within one. Then Hak Ju Lee pushed across two more runs to take the lead after hitting a triple to right. Lee later scored on a line drive by Chris Gimenez to give the Rays a 7-5 lead.

But the Orioles fought back again in the home half of the ninth when Ryan Flaherty delivered a two run homer to tie the game and force extra innings.

The game remained tied through the tenth inning and ended in a 7-7 tie.

Notable Performances

  • Jesus Feliciano drove home two runs. 
  • Brandon Guyer was 2 for 3 with an RBI. 
  • Matt Joyce was 2 for 3 with a home run. 
  • Hak-Ju Lee was 2 for 2 with a triple, 2 RBI's and a run scored. 
  • Matt Moore pitched 1 2/3 no-hit innings with 3 strikeouts and a walk. 

A Look Ahead: The Rays return home to Charlotte Sports Park to face the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Jeremy Hellickson will get the start followed by Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, Brandon Gomes, Bryan Augenstein and JP Howell. Anibal Sanchez will start for the Marlins.


  1. Would be nice to get some info on what the rest of the guys are doing. I can get this info from Yahoo or MLB.com.

  2. thats where they get it too!

  3. MiLB games just started today. It is harder to get info from these games as they occur during the day while I am working and official stats are not recorded.

    I went to a few innings of the Rays/Orioles game today at Twin Lakes. Rays loaded the bases with two outs but left them loaded. Lineup for this particular game while I was there was:

    C- Justin O'Conner
    1B - Jeff Malm
    2B - Ryan Brett
    SS - Jake Hager
    3B - Riccio Torrez
    LF - Josh Sale
    CF - Mikie Mahtook
    RF - Drew Vettleson
    DH - Todd Glaesmann
    P - Eliazer Suero

  4. I will have photos up later.

    Also if anyone is at the MiLB camp and would like to provide us your thoughts, the door is open. Unfortunately since the games are during the day and I am the only RP writer in Florida, the coverage will sporadic.

  5. I am there nearly every day, will try to provide some updates & info...

    1. PS: I should clarify that I go there before the Rays games and on days when the Rays are in Pt Charlotte will usually not see the minor league games, which are at the same time as the Rays.