Thank you, Rays, for allowing me to enjoy the last day of my weekend by taking an early lead against the Twins and never letting it go. Late-inning comebacks are exhilarating, but let’s save those for days that don’t come before the ever-annoying manic Monday.
The Big Man, Jeff Niemann, picked up his first win of the season with 5 1/3 innings in his third start. Niemann allowed 2 runs, both earned, on three hits.
On their way to a 6-2 victory, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for sacrifice flies, with four. Skipper Joe Maddon joked:
“You know what, [the sacrifice fly] is very underestimated and it has not been written about enough. From a spectator’s perspective, one of the more boring plays in baseball, but from the dugout’s perspective, very exciting. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see that.”
Cue up an Onion article about Joe and the art of the sac fly?
Rays have had 175,613 attend games at Tropicana so far – that’s 85.8% occupancy so far. 2011 figure was 55.4%.
Now that’s some attendance talk that I don’t mind.
-Maybe the NBA and MLB don’t mix too well. Matt Geiger, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, was ejected from today’s Rays game after interfering with a foul ball that Carlos Pena was trying to catch. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that according to the Rays, Geiger was moved to another section after the incident. Head on over to Rays Index for video of the play.