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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Marlins 4, Rays 3 (15): They almost played all night
Posted Jun 17, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays-Marlins played a game Saturday that felt as long as the final two minutes of an NBA game. Seriously.
It took 15 innings before the Marlins beat the Rays 4-3 in a game that lasted 5 hours, 7 minutes.
Former Ray Justin Ruggiano doubled and scored on a triple by Scott Cousins off Brandon Gomes, the seventh Rays pitcher of the night.
Here are some tidbits from a looooooong night at the Trop …
—The Rays are 0-4 all-time in games that last at least 15 innings.
—It was tied for the third longest game in franchise history, behind a pair of 16 inning games. The longest game in franchise history was 5 hours, 44 minutes, which was a 16-inning, 1-0 loss to the Red Sox last July 17.
—The Rays one through five hitters – Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, B.J. Upton, Hideki Matsui and Ben Zobrist – were a combined 2-for-30. Upton and Joyce were the only ones in the top-five to get a hit.
Zobrist saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end.
—Carlos Peña’s seventh inning single snapped an 0-for-14 on the homestand. He was 2-for-4 and raised his average to .193.
—Jose Molina was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the year, matching his total for 2011 when he played in 55 games for the Blue Jays.
—Elliot Johnson hit his first triple since July 23, 2011. He also committed his fifth error in his last 11 games after committing only five in his previous 119 games.
—James Shields gave up three unearned runs. He’s now allowed 12 unearned runs this season. He allowed just five unearned runs in 2011.
—The Rays committed three errors and now have 57 in 65 games. It was their 16th multi-error game this year.