The Tampa Bay Rays pulled into Oakland and broke out the big bats. Behind a nice starting job by Scott Kazmir the Rays mashed on the Oakland starter.
Kaz pitched a very nice 6 innings scattering only 2 hits and 3 BB while striking out 2. Kaz had a few rough spots allowing the 3 BB but seemed to gather his composure and push through it to earn his 3rd victory of this season. Kaz looks much better this young season than he did at any point last season. When Kaz does struggle with his release point he seems to now have the ability to step out of the moment and review the fix in his head then apply it. Nice job Kaz
The offense led by Carlos Pena opened up early and often. Pena belted 2 HR and knocked in 4 RBIs and scored 2 runs. Gabe Gross added a HR and a 2B of his own. Gabe also showed a nice arm throwing out Sweeney trying to score from 3rd on a pop fly to RF. The Rays belted out 13 total hits, 7 of which were for extra bases. Jason Bartlett continues his hot hitting by going 4 for 5.
I still think the lineup should be reconsidered, at least until BJ Upton gets into a groove. Right now BJ is hitting only .189 with and went 0 for 4 in the game although he did walk twice. JB is hitting a solid .390 and all pertinent offensive numbers are significantly higher than BJ’s.
Nice rebound game but I’ll be looking at Saturday’s game. Here’s the issue I have…the Rays have shown they can have a great game like this from time to time but have not shown any consistency to this point in the young season. So, we’ll watch with anticipation as the Rays try to go on a winning streak of their own starting with securing the series in Oakland early.