Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners in typical Rays’ fashion. David Price threw eighty-five strikes in 117 pitches over seven innings, and while he gave up four earned runs, kept the Rays’ within striking distance (He was just on a commercial for MLB Network, as I was typing). Jake McGee then threw a scoreless eighth, setting up Joel Peralta for a possible win.
Bottom of the ninth, down one. Ben Zobrist, double. Matt Joyce, game-tying double. Evan Longoria, double putting the winning run on third. Wil Myers? Better walk him. Then, the game winning single from rookie Jason Bourgeois. The best part of the story? Joe Maddon pulled Bourgeois aside before he hit to ask him if he knew the signals. Come to find out, he did. But he didn’t need to. And so, in less than an hour from now, the Rays will go for the series win against Seattle with Alex Cobb returning to the hill. It was June 15th when Cobb suffered a concussion resulting from a bullet off the bat of K.C.’s Eric Hosmer.
- If the Rays weren’t a baseball team, they’d probably be a rock band. They’ve had a Merengue band and a penguin in the clubhouse. And now, they’ve had a reticulated python by the name of Asia.
- Yesterday, Wil Myers struggled his first two at bats, with a strikeout and a pop-up. He was obviously angry with himself, as he missed two pitches in very hittable locations. So what did he do about it? [Click for video.] He put barrel to ball, and put one in the seats. It pulled the Rays within a run, setting up the ninth inning comeback.
- Last night, Aaron Boone was doing the Pittsburgh/St. Louis game for ESPN, and he was asked about the Rays. His answer – and I will paraphrase – was that Tampa Bay might be on a bad streak, with six losses in a row, but he expected them to come out of it. And when they did come out of it, they might prove to be the best Rays’ club of the Joe Maddon Era. Yep. I’ll go with what he says.
And now, it’s game time for the Rays. Good to see Cobb back on the hill. Time to get on a good roll.