Just wait, it’ll make sense in a minute….
The Rays were set up perfectly.
All of the elements were there.
Big series win, wild card contenders in tight games.
The Rays were in an ideal position.
Luckily our guys ignored all the warning signs and focused on playing the Raysball we are all used to, coming away with a dramatic win against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
Pizza: The Pitching
The Rays’ pitchers put out a decent performance. While they allowed 4 runs to score, they struck out 10 O’s and prevented the big inning from occurring.
The 10 Ks gave everybody in attendance a free pizza Wednesday. It’s a promotion the Rays have going with a local furniture store and a well known pizza joint.
David Price looked both really good and really shakey.
The Good: He struck out 5 and allowed only 2 runs.
The Shakey: He threw 102 pitches in only 5 innings. His WHIP for the game was a balky 2.00 and he threw only 59 strikes in the game.
He did pitch well enough to earn his 6th win of the year (6-5), which is what the Rays need. W’s are what will get them to October.
The bullpen did a well-enough job. They did permit 2 runs, but it could have been worse.
Grant Balfour was a stud tonight.
JP Howell was just great in the 9th. I know he gave up a hit and walked a guy, but he also struck out the side.
For the last out of the game he made Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters look just silly with his breaking stuff. He was dominant as always.
Donut: A Win is Worth Its Weight In Dough
Or is it D’oh!?
After every win Rays fans can go to Dunkin’ Donuts to get a free donut. Not too bad. I’ll be picking mine up tomorrow morning with a coffee on the way to work. Deeelish!
The Rays have now put together a 3-game win streak. They haven’t done that in a while. In fact, the last 3-game win streak came about 2 weeks ago. Then came more losing than winning.
With two more against the O’s you have to get kind of giddy about the Rays’ chances. They might be able to sweep this squad heading into the HUGE weekend series against the Rangers.
The wild card leading Rangers.
A collapse the next few days will ruin that, so let’s hope that Gregg Zaun’s pregame ear-drum rupturing music in the clubhouse will continue to keep our guys sharp (it’s a tradition Zaun started Sunday, and look what happened there!).
Just For Men
Rays manager Joe Maddon did something unthinkable for a dude before today’s game.
He dyed his hair.
He certainly looked younger, and maybe it rubbed off on oldie but goodie Pat Burrell because that old guy launched a ball that could have put a hole in a tin shed.
In fact, all of the Rays’ bats caught fire as BJ Upton and Gabe Gross also went deep. The Rays pounded out their 5 runs on 12 hits and looked impressiving doing it.
Guess we should be glad Joe didn’t go for the “Touch of Gray” dye. (Is that funny? I don’t know what I meant by that, but it seemed to fit…)
Overall, this was a great win. The Rays could easily have let down against a far inferior team. Instead they came out and put the pressure on the young O’s pitcher.
The Rays bats were alive.
The Rays pitchers were focused.
Pizza and Donuts for everybody!