Season: 43-54; Home Stand: 0-1; Streak: 0-7; Bulls v. Iron Pigs: 2-3; Standings
After perhaps ten minutes into the game the Bulls were behind by three runs. Probably a good time to get philosophical about it all and just watch for interesting plays. We haven’t been able to go to a ball game for almost two weeks because of the bizarre schedule this year, so just enjoy the moment. At least that what I kept telling myself last night. It actually helped … a bit.
Sam Fuld, a Rays outfielder, is in town on a rehab assignment. In the 5th inning he got to help the grounds crew adjust a sign in center field that was apparently bothering a Lehigh Valley batter. Didn’t help. The batter, Andres Blanco, hit into one of the three nice double plays the Bulls pulled off in the game.
Too bad we don’t have some more aggressive reporters here. If we did, we might find out what happened to Chris Archer and Brandon Gomes. Gomes is pitching poorly and Archer isn't pitching at all.
Archer went up to the Rays and started two games for them (and did pretty well). He came back to the Bulls and pitched one inning (17 pitches) back on July 7th and hasn’t been back on the mound. We can guess that it is some sort of physical distress, but you can bet that if he were still on the Rays roster we’d have more information than we do here. So, whatever might be wrong, Chris, here’s hoping that it’s not anything serious and that you’re back soon.
In Archer’s absence Ryan Reid got a spot start last night and, except for an unfortunate home run, did OK.
Brandon Gomes has been up with the Rays three times this year and is having trouble getting in his innings after coming back the last time. Since July 2nd he’s only pitched in 3 ⅔ innings. It caught up with him last night when he was hit hard for three runs.
Meanwhile, the Iron Pigs’ Tyler Cloyd simply handled the Bulls. Tricky, crafty guy. Glad the Bulls don’t have to face him again this season.
Update: I wouldn't post this if the Bulls were more forthcoming. But there's this rumor out there. What if the Rays are looking to trade Archer? Is that why he isn't playing?