Cesar Ramos Makes Strong Case For Teams Fifth Starter

Cesar Ramos & Solid Defense Lead Rays To 5-4 Victory

Cesar Ramos was a late and somewhat surprising entrant into the competition to take the rotation spot resulting from Jeremy Hellickson‘s elbow injury.

The lefty reliever is in competition with  Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard. There is language in Erik Bedard‘s contract that allows him to opt-out if he has not been named to the team roster by March 23rd.

With both Ramos and Odorizzi pitching tonight and Bedard tomorrow the fifth starter will be named on Saturday.  In his last chance to prove his case to be the teams starting pitcher Ramos took to the mound and efficiently cut through the Twins lineup working 4.2 scoreless innings on just four hits striking out six and walking one. After the game Joe Maddon said that it “was the best he’s ever seen Ramos pitch. Good command. Good composure.”

After Grant Balfour came in to the game to record the final out of the fifth inning it was time for Jake Odorizzi to make his case for the job. Unfortunately he wasn’t as sharp as Ramos and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits in his 4-innings of work. After the game he didn’t feel that the outing hurt him saying  he felt that he didn’t do anything wrong and will be disappointed if not picked.

The Rays defense had an opportunity with a nice double play started by Yunel Escobar and a nice sliding catch by Desmond Jennings.

After the game the Rays re-assigned Jason Christian, Cole Figueroa, Jerry Sands, Ali Solis, Steve Geltz, Adam Liberatore, and Juan Sandoval to minor league camp.

Game Highlights:

Cesar Ramos On Outing:

Boxscore:

Tampa Bay Rays (14-4) 5, Minnesota Twins (7-10) 4
March 20, 2014

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 10 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 x 5 11 1

 

Minnesota AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Dozier, 2B .229 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
  Escobar, E, 2B .300 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Suzuki, K, C .231 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
  Rohlfing, C .200 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Mauer, 1B .286 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
  Colabello, 1B .387 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Willingham, LF .074 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
  Ramirez, W, LF .276 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kubel, DH .143 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
  a-Romero, D, PH-DH .318 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plouffe, 3B .229 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Arcia, O, RF .290 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
  Bartlett, RF .071 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Hicks, CF .375 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Florimon, SS .125 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 6
  Diamond, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Duensing, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Pressly, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Hoffman, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Thompson, A, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals .256 36 4 10 1 0 0 4 2 10 24 13
a-Reached on error for Kubel in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Hicks (3, Ramos, C).
RBI: Escobar, E (8), Rohlfing (1), Florimon 2 (2).
GIDP: Florimon, Colabello.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.BASERUNNING
SB: Florimon (1).FIELDING
PB: Suzuki, K (1).
DP: (Florimon-Dozier-Mauer).
Tampa Bay AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Jennings, D, CF .387 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
  Figueroa, C, SS .182 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Loney, 1B .393 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
  Nix, J, 3B .241 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Zobrist, 2B .450 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1
  Sands, 1B .324 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Longoria, 3B .281 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2
  Christian, CF .192 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
Forsythe, LF .258 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Olmedo, 2B .313 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Escobar, Y, SS .433 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
  Argo, RF .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Rodriguez, S, RF .273 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Soriano, A, LF .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanigan, C .273 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
  Acosta, M, C .333 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Guyer, DH .303 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
  Ramos, C, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Balfour, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Odorizzi, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals .290 34 5 11 3 0 0 5 3 5 27 9
BATTING
2B: Longoria (1, Duensing), Sands (5, Hoffman), Olmedo (1, Hoffman).
RBI: Zobrist (6), Longoria 2 (6), Christian (3), Olmedo (4).
GIDP: Hanigan.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, S (3).FIELDING
E: Nix, J (3).
DP: 2 (Escobar, Y-Zobrist-Loney, Figueroa, C-Olmedo-Sands).
Minnesota ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Diamond (L, 1-1) 5.79 4.1 5 3 3 3 1 0 20
Duensing 6.23 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Pressly 6.14 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4
Hoffman 3.60 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 6
Thompson, A 1.50 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Totals 3.93 8.0 11 5 5 3 5 0 37
Tampa Bay ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Ramos, C 2.63 4.2 4 0 0 1 6 0 18
Balfour (W, 2-0) 12.27 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Odorizzi (S, 2) 3.75 4.0 6 4 3 1 3 0 19
Totals 3.00 9.0 10 4 3 2 10 0 38
Team ER: off Minnesota 5, off Tampa Bay 3.
BB: off Diamond 3 (Hanigan, Jennings, D, Loney), off Ramos, C (Willingham), Odorizzi (Florimon).
SO: by Diamond (Jennings, D), Pressly 3 (Escobar, Y, Hanigan, Guyer), Hoffman (Argo), by Ramos, C 6 (Suzuki, K, Willingham, Arcia, O, Mauer, Plouffe, Arcia, O), Balfour (Dozier), Odorizzi 3 (Mauer, Kubel, Escobar, E).
Umpires: HP: Toby Basner. 1B: Mark Ripperger. 2B: A.J. Johnson. 3B: Shaun Lampe.
Official Scorer: Carli Todd.
Weather: 75 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:55.
Att: 4,679.
Venue: Charlotte Sports Park.
March 20, 2014

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