Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Harris Leads Rays past Rangers

The Devil Rays took the first game of a 3 game set against the Rangers in Orlando thanks to Brendan Harris. Harris went 4-5 in the game including the game winning single in the 10th. The Rangers walked Dioner Navvaro to load the bases in the 10th; an interesting move as Navarro was 0-4 and Harris was 3-4. Harris, who led off the ninth with a double, but was left stranded, came up to the plate with no outs in the 10th and hit the first pitch he saw to win the game. Harris could easily have gone 5-5 as he was robbed of a rocket shot in his first at bat and was feeling it all night long. Harris also had some great defensive plays in the field as he has solidified himself as the Rays everyday shortstop.
Rays starter Jamie Shields was once again dominant, but did not get the run support he needed. Jamie got a no decision after going 8 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Al Reyes came in the ninth and nly allowed one runner on an error. Brian Stokes actually pitched well in the 10th and came away with the win. BJ Upton continued his mini slump going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
The Rays did get some bad news during the game though as Rocco Baldelli pulled up lame running to first base during his first at bat. The Devil Rays are saying that it is a left hamstring strain and he will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Rocco was replaced in center by Upton and Josh Wilson came in to play third with Wigginton moving to second. Whatever comes of the evaluation tomorrow the hamstring issues with Rocco are getting to be worrisome. Rocco has been hampered by nagging injuries all year and this has been a reoccurring theme throughout his career. If Rocco were to miss anytime look for Dukes to take his spot in Center.

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