Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday: Down the Drain Again; Rays Rematch, Lineup, Pitching

Today: It's Tampa Bay's turn to hop in the bus as the Rays visit McKechnie Field for a 1:05 game. The scrap will be carried by Root Sports, MLB Network and MLB.TV, but no radio.

The pitching: Juan Nicasio draws the start, followed by Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Steven Brault, Chad Kuhl and Trevor Williams. Jake Odorizzi will kick off today's rematch for the Rays.

The lineup: Alen Hanson 2B, Gregory Polanco RF, Cutch CF, Starling Marte LF, John Jaso 1B, Fran Cervelli C, Jason Rogers 3B, Cole Figueroa SS and Nicasio P. (Reserves: Max Moroff, Willie Garcia, Adam Frazier, Harold Ramirez, Michael Morse, Elias Diaz, Juan Diaz, Gift Ngoepe).

Cole Figueroa lookin' for a bench spot (photo Associated Press)

Yesterday: Frankie went an inning too far, giving up a two spot in the third as the suddenly punchless Pirates went down for the fifth straight day by a 5-1 count.  Jameson Taillon dodged some raindrops to surrender just a run in his two frames, while Jorge Rondon gave up a deuce. For the Rays, old Bucco prospect Kyle McPherson spun a 1-2-3 inning with a whiff.

A Michael Suchy homer (the 22 year old OF'er had 10 dingers for West Virginia in the Sally League last year) was responsible for the Bucco run. It was an overall tough day at the dish again, with just three singles and a walk to go with Suchy's bomb. Here's the box score.

In the B Game, Tyler Glasnow had a rough start but settled down after a frame. A lot of the damage was caused by the little things - a walk, steal, error, deflected infield single...a Charlie Morton kind of frame. As best we can figure, the game ended up 2-2, but caveat emptor!

  • Man's best friend and his favorite game get to bond on 10 different Tuesdays as the Bucs sponsor "Pup Nights" for Pirate pooches and their humans.

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