Monday, March 3, 2008

Rays off to record start; Beat Tigers 10-9

Who would ever think this story would start to get old? The Rays win again! The boys in blue are 4-0 in spring for the first time in franchise history. Most teams wouldn't be this excited, but the Rays have been preaching that this season is different and the results are showing on the field. Today the Rays picked up a victory over the Detroit Tigers 10-9 in what turned out to be quite the offensive show.

The Rays were held homer-less in their first three victories, but Jonny Gomes brought the big stick today with a home-run in the 6th. Gomes finished the day 2-3 with the solo homer. For the second day in a row, Andy Cannizaro forces his way into the recap going 1-2 with a two run blast of his own in the 7th inning. Carlos "The Cool" Pena also chipped in with two hits.

On the bump it was ugly for the Rays. New Rays pitcher Matt Garza had a rough start giving up two ER's in 1.2 innings of work. However, he wasn't the only Rays pitcher to struggle. Chris Mason gave up three runs in 1 inning and Chad Orvella gave up four in 1.1 innings. The Rays did get some good pitching from Grant Balfour, J.P. Howell and Andy Sonnanstine. Balfour and Howell provided the Rays with 1.2 innings of scoreless ball a piece. Sonnanstine pitched a perfect 9th inning for the save. Those three pitchers have combined to give the Rays a scoreless 6 innings of work in the first four games.

The Rays return to St. Petersburg tomorrow to face the twins. Edwin Jackson makes his second start of the spring, going against Gibbs graduate The Slimmer Boof Bonser. I wonder if Delmon Young will make the trip.