Notes: Team sees record night
Saturday's game with Orioles featured several new club marks
ST. PETERSBURG -- On Sunday, manager Joe Maddon could smile about Saturday night's 13-12 win over the Orioles, a game which the Rays led 13-3 after six innings, before having to scratch and claw to preserve the victory.
"We did not want to lose that game," said Maddon, who brought in closer Brian Meadows with two outs in the seventh and let him finish the game. "It would have been more devastating for us [to lose than the Orioles]."
The contest had more than its share of intriguing facts and achievements of note.
For starters, it was only the fourth time in Major League history that each team posted an inning of nine or more runs. The last time it occurred was June 3, 1933, in a Philadelphia Athletics-New York Yankees contest at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles had 22 hits, which was the most by a losing team since Sept. 12, 2002, when the Cubs had 22 in a 15-12 loss to the Reds.
Julio Lugo hit two home runs in the fifth inning, becoming the second Ray to hit two in an inning (Jared Sandberg did it June 11, 2002, against the Dodgers), and it was the 47th time it has happened, with Lugo being the 44th player to accomplish the feat.
Both teams combined to use 12 pitches (which tied a Rays team record), get 39 hits (tied for second most in a Rays game), and the O's nine-run seventh was the most in an inning against the Rays this season.
All in all, the weekend series has been memorable.
The Rays' 27 runs in consecutive games is the most in club history, and it's the most they've scored in the first two games of a three-game series. The Rays have three innings where they scored five or more runs (they had just two such innings in 2006 prior to the weekend series), they are hitting .410 in the series, and, perhaps the oddest fact of the lot, Tampa Bay is 2-0 in the series despite holding a 9.00 ERA.
Lugo out of the lineup: Lugo sat out the final three innings of Saturday night's game and did not start on Sunday, fueling speculation that a trade for the shortstop was close at hand. Prior to the game, Maddon said he simply decided to rest Lugo and that his starting shortstop was available to play off the bench. Carl Crawford took Lugo's usual slot in the leadoff spot on Sunday.
Since the All-Star break, Lugo is 14-for-37 (.378) with three home runs and six RBIs, a stretch that has raised his season's average to .310. In addition, he has reached base in the first inning in 17 of his last 24 games and he has gone 45-for-117 in his last 30 games. Prior to the start of Lugo's hitting tear, he was hitting just .250.
Crawford reaches mark: Crawford hit his American League-leading 10th triple on Saturday night to become the first American Leaguer since the Twins' Zoilo Versalles (1963-65) to reach double figures in triples and home runs in three consecutive seasons. Crawford had 14 home runs entering Sunday.
This and that: Rays Minor League right-hander Matt White has retired, ending a series of comebacks from shoulder and back injuries. The Rays signed White as a "loophole" free agent on Nov. 25, 1996, and he has appeared in 122 Minor League games (35-57, 4.64 ERA). Triple-A Durham is the highest level he reached. He last pitched in 2003 for Double-A Orlando. ... The radio tandem of Dave Wills and Andy Freed will continue to serve as the voices of the Rays as their two-year contract options were exercised. ... The Rays' 41 wins at this point of the season is second only to the 45 the team had in 2004. ... Home attendance continues to reflect an upswing in the popularity of the team, a solid endorsement of what the new ownership is trying to accomplish. After 44 home dates in 2005, 585,430 had pushed through the turnstiles, as compared to the 778,018 who have done so in 2006, which equates to an improvement of 192,588.
Up next: The Rays will host a three-game series against the Angels, beginning with a 7:15 p.m ET contest on Monday night. Right-hander Jae Seo (2-8, 5.44) will start for the Rays and he'll be opposed by right-hander John Lackey (8-6, 2.93).
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.