With their 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants (49-60) the Tampa Bay Rays (65-45) have put themselves into a position to win the 3-game series. The Rays last lost a series on June 18th and 19th against the Boston Red Sox – they are 10-0-2 in series since then.
The Rays will send Roberto Hernandez (6-11, 4.71 ERA) to the mound against the Giants Guillermo Moscoso (0-0-, 6.75). Today will mark the 21st start of the year at home where he is 5-4 with a 3.87 ERA (70.1 IP/31 ER). He is coming off a sparkling complete game 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks where he within 1-out of the complete game shutout before yielding a 2-run home run to Eric Chavez.
Hernandez is making his 4th interleague start of the season and in his previous 3 outings has a record of 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA (4ER/23.2 IP) and has held the opposition to a .160 batting average (13 for 81).
The Giants Guillermo Moscoso will be making his first start of the season taking the place of Barry Zito who has been moved to the bullpen. The Giants acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on July 26th where he had spent the entire season in Triple-A Iowa going 7-5 withh a 3.93 ERA in 17 starts. He ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with 9.0 K’s per 9 innings pitched. He will be making his 3rd start against the Rays and has gone 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA (9ER, 9.2 IP) in his previous two starts.