Raleigh went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Athletics. Raleigh took James Kaprielian yard in the fifth inning to record the second home run of his career. He drew a start for the first time in three games, with Tom Murphy remaining the team's primary catcher. Across the first 138 plate appearances of his MLB career, Raleigh is hitting .177.217/.308 while striking out at a 36.2 percent clip.
Raleigh went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday. The reserve backstop has a miserable .178/.222/.288 slash line for the season, but he's at least had a reason to smile over his last two starts. Raleigh is 4-for-8 in that pair of opportunities with the starting nine, which have come within a four-day period. Raleigh has encouragingly gotten good wood on the ball in that brief sample as well, as three of his four hits have been two-baggers.
Raleigh is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros. After sitting against Houston right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday, the lefty-hitting Raleigh will remain on the bench versus a righty (Jose Urquidy) for the second day in a row. At this point, Tom Murphy -- who will catch Wednesday's game -- appears to have usurped Raleigh on the depth chart. After going 0-for-17 over his last six games, Raleigh's batting average now sits at .157 since he was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on July 11.
Raleigh isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Astros. Raleigh went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Monday's loss and will head to the bench for the second time in the last three games. Tom Murphy will start at catcher and bat eighth.
Raleigh is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Raleigh has hit a lowly .138 with a pair of doubles and a 40 percent strikeout rate in his last 10 games. Tom Murphy is catching and batting sixth Sunday.