Tampa Bay Rays
Rays notes: Fuld's glove on display Sunday
ST. PETERSBURG -
CF Sam Fuld made one of his Super Sam catches in the top of the first inning Sunday of the Rays' 4-2 victory against the Padres when he chased down a drive by Padres RF Will Venable and made a leaping catch while crashing into the center-field wall.
“Sick,” RF Sean Rodriguez said. “I had a front row seat. It was awesome.”
Fuld said he wasn't sure how close he was to the wall but knew it would come into play.
“I had a sense that I was close,” he said. “I took my eye off (the ball) for a little bit so that I could get a sense of where I was, but those plays are difficult because it's tough to take your eye off the ball here. It's easy to lose it. I lost it for a while. I was just running to where I thought it was going to be, then I was lucky to pick it back up.”
Fuld is certainly not afraid of running into walls to make a catch. Search YouTube for his catch at Wrigley Field when he was with the Cubs.
“That's right. That's what you got to do,” Rodriguez said. “That's how it should be, just one way. You get out on the field and it's just one way. You get out on the field and you play every game like it's your last because you don't know if tomorrow will come.”
Don't forget Joyce Matt Joyce, who replaced Rodriguez in right field, made an over-the-shoulder catch in front of the wall for the second out of the ninth inning as the Rays' defense came up with some big plays in the two-run victory.
“I'm just glad I caught it,” Joyce said. “I don't think that's a play that you want to get turned around and kind of hit off your glove. But it's always a lot of fun when you catch it and make it look easier than it actually is.”
Joyce said he felt like a wide receiver catching a touchdown pass. The only question was: Did he come down with his feet in bounds?
“I don't know,” he said. “I'd have to check the replay.”
About Hellickson Rays manager Joe Maddon normally holds back on his criticism of his players after a game. But he made it clear after Saturday's 8-7 win against the Padres that he was not pleased with RHP Jeremy Hellickson's performance.
Hellickson blew a four-run lead when he walked the leadoff batter in the seventh and allowed a two-out, pinch-hit grand slam that tied the score at 6.
After the game, Maddon said, “I'm not happy with that. I'm not happy with that. I'm going to tell you, I'm not happy with that. Nooooo, I'm not happy with that. That's inappropriate. That's got to stop. We're better than that. We want to play in October, we got to be better than that. That can't happen. You're not going to be lucky, you got to be good.”
Maddon said he spoke to Hellickson on Sunday because he was still too upset to talk to Hellickson after the game.
“Moving forward, it's all part of the accountability component,” Maddon said. “Everybody has got to understand, sometimes you can paint a rosy picture, other times you just got to paint a picture.”
A W for Roberto RHP Roberto Hernandez won for the second time this season by holding the Padres to two runs on five hits over six innings
“I feel very, very comfortable,” Hernandez said. “Keeping the ball down, throwing strikes, ground balls, I'm very, very happy.”
Hernandez has allowed three earned runs in his past 12 innings.
Noteworthy 3B Evan Longoria reached base twice and scored both times Sunday. He has reached base at least twice in each of his past seven games, the longest such streak of his career. Since April 15, he leads the major leagues with 24 runs in 26 games. … C Jose Molina had his first sacrifice fly since Aug. 8, 2009. …. Fuld's fifth-inning triple was his first extra-base hit of the season. … The Rays recorded their second sweep of the season.