Rays Win! Rays Win! Rays Win! Wow. It seems like it has been two weeks since we were able to utter those words. Wait? Oh yeah, it has been. Once again the Rays blew a late lead and a strong performance by Jae Seo. However, this time they were able to rally late thanks to the heroics of, of course, Ty Wiggington. Wiggy hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rays a 4-2 win over the Orioles. Seth McClung came on in relief after Seo gave up a 2-out game tying single in the 8th. With two men on, McClung enduced a flyball to Rocco Baldelli. McClung then picked up the save after a scoreless ninth with a little help from B . J. Upton and Tomas Perez. With one man on and one out. Kevin Millar hit a hard ground ball to Upton’s left. Upton fielded the ball awkwardly and fell down. He then flipped the ball to Perez, who bare-handed the ball and threw out the tortoise-like Millar at first base for the second out. It was a good play. It was a heads-up play. But we are not going to say that Upton “dove to his left” as has been reported elsewhere. He fell. And because of that we are not going to get overly excited about it. Still, the play did kill a ninth inning rally, so we tip our cap.
- Carl Crawford stole his league-leading 54th base during his 1-4 performance.
- Leave it to the Rays to make the O’s top pitching prospect look good for the first time.
- Chad Orvella has been shut down for the season.
- Delmon Young is now 0 for his last 8, spanning three games.
- Apparently wins and losses mean nothing to Joe Maddon. Wish the same was true for the fans.