Thursday, March 13, 2008

Rays go extra innings with Sox ending in 3-3 tie in 10 innings.

A day after fireworks were flying on the field, the Rays went back to work today against another division rival. The Rays ended up tying the Red Sox 3-3 in 10 inning down in Fort Myers. The Rays continued to get great work from the offseason's prize aquisition Matt Garza.

Garza pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball today, lowering his spring ERA to 1.93. J.P. Howell, who is being used in long relief situations by design, gave up one run in 2.1 innings. Mitch Talbot and Kurt Birkins had chances to close the door on Rays wins, but each gave up runs in their innings ending the game in a 3-3 tie.

At the plate there was competing players up and down the lineup. The 5th OF Race looked like this:

Jon Weber 2-4 with a Solo Homer playing LF and CF

Chris Richard was 0-1 with a sac fly at DH

John Rodriguez got two hits doubling his spring total in one game, was 2-5 playing RF

Evan Longoria got another long look today at 3B, but was 0-3 at the plate bringing his average down to .318. Willy Aybar was 0-1 in his AB. Eric Hinske somewhere in the middle of the battle of both was 1-1 raising his average to .474. Elliot Johnson also got his first game action at SS today filling in for the injured Ben Zobrist and Andy Cannizaro. He was 1-1 at the plate and is now hitting this spring .562.