Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Gomes optioned to Durham after 12-inning loss
Posted May 6, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 6, 2012 at 01:26 AM
ST. PETERSBURG After playing their longest game of the season, a 12-inning, 4 hour and 14 minute marathon that resulted in a 4-3 loss to the visiting A’s, the Rays optioned Brandon Gomes to Triple A Durham, swapping him for a fresh arm for a bullpen that’s gassed.
The Rays will announce who they called up before this afternoon’s game.
The Rays bullpen picked up 8 1/3 innings Saturday after starter Jeremy Hellickson lasted only 3 2/3 – the shortest outing of his career.
J.P. Howell pitched 2 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney pitched 1 1/3.
Gomes pitched two innings and threw 42 pitches. That came on top of a 24-pitch two-thirds of an inning in Friday’s win.
Gomes had an eventful Saturday. He loaded the bases with one out in the 10th on two walks and a hit batter but got out of the jam. He threw strikes on only four of his first 17 pitches then threw strikes on six of his final eight.
He returned for the 11th and pitched a perfect inning.
Gomes has struggled since joining the team, though some could be attributed to a less-than-steady work load. Still, 12 of the 26 batters he faced this season reached base.
Here are some other tidbits from the loss that stopped the Rays winning streak at six and ended their 10-game winning streak at the Trop ….
—The Rays were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-4 from the ninth inning on.
—Joel Peralta, who allowed the game-winning home run to former Ray Jonny Gomes in the 12th, ended a streak of 10 scoreless outings.
—Jonny Gomes is 6-for-14 with two home runs against his former team.
—Elliot Johnson hit his first home run of the season. He has one hit in his previous 16 at-bats.