Rays 7 (12-3-1), Tigers 2
It was a nice weekend for out of town Rays fans. Both of the Saturday split squad games were on gameday audio. WHNZ had a broadcast team at both of the Saturday games and switched back and forth between games depending on the action. It was a good idea that was also executed well. One highlight was Silverman and Friedman stopping by the booth. Yesterday's game against the Tigers was also on gameday audio.
It is just two weeks until the Rays season starts in Baltimore. The Rays don't play any games tomorrow. It will be their first day without a game since the grapefruit season commenced.
- Shields went 4 and 2/3 and gave up no runs. He allowed a number of base runners, but was able to get out of it all unscathed.
- Sonny pitched the final three innings of the game and gave up only one run (his first of the spring). He had five strikeouts in three innings. His strikeout rate is amazing for someone with such mediocre velocity. I am excited to see him pitch this season.
- Defilice continued his hot spring going 2 for 3 with a double. His is definitely making the most of his chance with Riggans out for the moment. He is batting .455.
- The Rays continued their aggressive base running. Gomes stole his second base of the spring and Upton stole his third.
- The Rays won. Again. What an enjoyable spring this has been.
- Percy gave up his first hit and run of the season. He went one inning and gave up one.
Other than Edwin Jackson, the Rays starting pitching candidates have had phenomenal springs. Shields and Sonny continued the trend. Below are the ERAs, WHIPs, and IPs of the five (Kazmir of course has not pitched yet) major candidates for the starting rotation.
- Shields -- 14.2 IP, 1.84 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
- Jackson -- 11.0 IP, 7.36 ERA, 1.45 WHIP
- Garza -- 9.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
- Sonny -- 9.0 IP, 1.00 ERA, .56 WHIP
- Niemann -- 8.0, 1.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP