That’s about all there was to celebrate while the Orioles 4-hit the Rays tonight. Yeah, Joel Peralta threw strikes.
Pretty depressing stuff after waiting 5 1/2 months to wash away the stink of the Game 5 loss.
Now Evan Longoria is hurt — lay off the athletic blondes, Longo — and the exciting 2-3-4 of Damon, Longo (strained oblique) and Manny are a combined 1-for-21.
Two good starts, one bullpen fail and the Rays are 0-2.
Earlier Saturday on This Week In Rays Baseball, on WDAE-AM 620, Johnson talked about how the Rays’ skipper tells his team they shouldn’t play by the book; they need to “change the book.”
For Joe, that could have started with Damon bunting with runners at first and second with nobody out in the eighth, but no dice there. Damon feebily popped out. At least there was a millimeter of hope on the final play.
160 to go.