D-Rays 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Near Disney Land 0. There were a few questions about the Devil Rays entering the series opener against the Angels.
1. How would James Shields fare with the return of Casey Fossum looming and a spot in the rotation on the line? Answer: We hope Shields said good bye to all his Durham Bulls buddies, because he won’t see them for a while. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Shields, and welcome to the bullpen Mr. Waechter. Shields won his first major league game, by going 6 innings, scattering 7 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6.
2. Would manager Joe Maddon be emotional in his first game against his former team? Answer: Apparently, as Maddon was ejected arguing a strike call against Joey Gathright. In addition, we knew that Maddon had been a bench coach with the Angels for 10 seasons, but we had no idea of his relationship with his former players. As seen in the above photo, all the members of the Angels wore Joe Maddon replica glasses during warm-ups. Of course, maybe they should have left them on during the game, as they could not find home plate without them.
3. Could the Rays win their 2nd game in a row and set the tone for the series? Answer: The Angels left 12 runners on base, including at least one in every inning, as the Rays picked up their 2nd shutout of the season.
4. How was Carl Crawford’s knee? Answer: Just fine, thank you. Crawford went 1-3 and stole his 21st base of the season.
5. Would Jorge Cantu be back in the lineup? Not yet, but he did hit a home run in Montgomery last night, so look for our Jedi Knight to be back in the lineup tonight.
So…5 questions…5 good answers. Now we look to Kid K, Scott Kazmir to keep things going. Three wins in a row, and all of the sudden the team has a winning streak.