Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays' Reid Brignac gets first extra-base hit of season

CLEVELAND — So how good did SS Reid Brignac's first extra-base hit of the season feel?

Good enough that after slicing the two-run double to left he didn't know to run hard.

"He kept his head down so well he didn't know where the ball was," manager Joe Maddon said. "We had to yell, 'Run, Forrest, run.' And then he finally took off."

The first six weeks of Brignac's first season as the everyday shortstop hasn't gone well, and the distinction of being the only player in the majors with at least 50 plate appearances who didn't have an extra-base hit, along with a .183 average, hadn't helped. Going back to a double in September, he had gone a team-record 104 at-bats and 35 games without an extra-base hit (both marks held by the shortstop he replaced, Jason Bartlett), though he said he wasn't aware of the specifics.

"When I'm going good I don't want to know my stats, and when I'm going bad I don't want to know 'em," Brignac said. "I just know they weren't good."

Brignac, the smile returning for the first time in a while, said he has learned from his struggles.

"I've got some tougher skin now," he said. "And I know how it feels to be at the bottom and have to work your way back up to what you expect out of yourself and what your teammates and coaches expect out of you as well."

ORLANDO'S HIT KING: With two hits, DH Johnny Damon tied Sanford's Tim Raines (and Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville) for 73rd place on the all-time hit list with 2,605. Damon is excited to pass Raines, whom he considers the hit king of all players who grew up in the Orlando area.

But since Damon already has a key to the city from winning the 2004 World Series, he said it's up to home clubhouse equipment manager Chris Westmoreland to provide the proper souvenir.

"I get a nice ball and a plaque that Westy is going to make up for me," he said.

QUICK WORK: RHP Joel Peralta used his "quick pitch" delivery to get C Carlos Santana looking at strike three, and then looking at umpire John Tumpane, to end the eighth.

Peralta started doing it last season with Washington and has employed it several times this season, including one that left White Sox 1B Paul Konerko grumbling. "It's been working, so I'll keep doing it," he said.

Added Maddon: "One of those products of winter ball that I love."

UPTON DOWN: CF B.J. Upton said he felt kind of odd watching the win on TV in his hotel room as he served the first of his two-game suspension stemming from his May 4 ejection. "I didn't really know what to do with myself," he said. "But I watched a good baseball game."

Sam Fuld played center in his absence Thursday and is set to do so again tonight, with Matt Joyce in left and Ben Zobrist in right.

J.P. DUTY: LHP J.P. Howell made the second of back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Durham on Thursday, the last significant test in his rehab from May 2010 shoulder surgery. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned runs on three hits with one strikeout. Before the outing, he was slated to pitch for the Bulls on Monday and rejoin the Rays on Wednesday or Thursday.

PRICE CHECK: LHP David Price had his right wrist wrapped but said there was no residual issues from being struck by a line drive Wednesday. "He said he's fine," Maddon said. "I think he's just doing that to draw attention to himself."

MISCELLANY: Joyce went 1-for-3 to maintain his average at .358 and hung on to the AL batting lead for a third straight day. … The Rays' 13-5 road record is best in the majors. … RHP James Shields got his first win in seven tries over the Indians, the lone AL team he hadn't beaten. … Before tonight's game, the Rays will "retire" the radio call signs of slain St. Petersburg police officers Thomas Baitinger, David Crawford and Jeffrey Yaslowitz. … Instant replay was used to uphold the call that Asdrubal Cabrera's eighth-inning shot to right was a triple and not a homer. … As a staff, the Rays have made eight pickoffs, two more than last season's total.

Tampa Bay Rays' Reid Brignac gets first extra-base hit of season 05/12/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  2. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE

    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  3. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  4. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games

    Minors

    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.