That didn’t take long.
John Jaso, the rare leadoff-hitting catcher, got hold of a 93 mph fastball from Jeremy Guthrie and drove it 436 feet into the seats in right-center field.
So much for back-to-back scoreless outings.
You’ll recall that the Angels couldn’t push across a run against Guthrie in 8 1/3 innings. The Rays did it in one batter.
Guthrie has posted a 2.51 ERA in nine second-half starts. He’s got a 2.79 ERA in three quality starts against the Rays this season, though he’s lost two of the three decisions.
I’m trying to come up with names of other catchers who batted leadoff. I believe Brian Downing would be one of them, though he later moved to the outfield and served as a designated hitter.
Instant update: Two batters, new leader. Brian Roberts singled and Nick Markakis homered with the count full. Estimated distance: 390 feet.
Orioles 2, Rays 1.