Game 34: Tampa Bay Rays Five, Baltimore Orioles Seven

Trop TalkContributor IMay 12, 2009

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 22:  J.P. Howell #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during game one of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 22, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Phillies won 3-2. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
At least the bullpen looked good. (Jason Behnken)

At least the bullpen looked good.

It was an interesting game up to the third inning. Starting pitching let the team down and a lack of late inning offense helped contribute to the loss. Since I am not happy about a pathetic display against the last place team, lets get into this.

Pre-Game Review

Evan Longoria had another solid night at the dish going 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Longo seems to be locked in and focused during every at-bat.

Carlos Pena went 1-3 tonight, but his key moment was in the ninth, when he looked at strike three right down the middle of the plate.

Andy Sonnanstine pitched badly. Very badly. We will get to that later.


What Went Right:

Carl Crawford stayed hot tonight, going 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Now, only if Upton can get on before C.C., we can get even more production from the top of the order.

Tonight’s star’s of the game goes to the bullpen. Wheels, Balfour, Howell, and Nelson combined for six innings of two hit no run ball. If this is a sign for things to expect in the future, then the bullpen could become a key part to the Rays as they were last season.

Kapler made a nice defensive play, throwing out a runner and getting a hit. Gross did nothing, yet again.


What Went Wrong

Andy Sonnanstine had two innings pitched, nine hits, seven earned runs. I think that speaks for itself.


Whats Next

The Rays will try to salvage a game from this series tomorrow when they send Jeff Niemann to face off with Brad Bergesen. The Giraffe will need to fare a lot longer than Sonny did after what the bullpen did for the team tonight. Tomorrow’s game is a 7:05 P.M. EST start time.