Well, it was another Derek Shelton special Wednesday night at a packed Fruitdome (thank you Rays) that saw the Rays dish out 20,000 free tickets in 90 minutes.
That was the only thing that was impressive about the hungover Rays being limited to three hits against Kevin Millwood of all people who raised his gaudy season record to a rugged 4-16 (somewhere, Shelton is proudly smiling).
Well, Joe shouldn’t say the 20,000 free tickets was the only thing that was impressive. The pitching of Jeff Niemann was too.
After struggling mightily since returning from the disabled list, Niemann threw his name into serious contention for a rotation spot in the ALDS by mowing down the Orioles. He scattered four hits through seven innings, one of those was a two-run triple to Felix Pie.
Could it be that Niemann has returned just in time to save the Rays’ chances of a Fall Classic? Curious minds like Joe want to know.