How ’bout these cardiac Rays? Down three times in this game, all but buried, and voila! A win.
Lotta things to like about this game:
* Alex Cobb. Dude was shaky at first but sucked it up and manned up and righted himself when many other rookies would have folded and imploded. Of course, he wasn’t helped by the defense too much.
For those who weren’t seated for Alex Cobb’s shaky first inning, Felipe Lopez did him wrong not catching that alleged error of a pickoff throw to first base. And Dirtbag might have really won the game moments later, diving to snag Cobb’s legitimately bad throw to third. No doubt that play helped the kid settle down.
* Matt Joyce. If this guy isn’t the every day right fielder, than Joe is Rachel Watson in drag. Damnit, this guy can hit lefties. What a way for Joyce to finish a fantastic month of May.
* Dirtbag has warmed up with the stick. His game-winning homer has been icing on the cake for a weekend that saw Dirtbag wake up from his hitting slumber.
It was a near-miracle the Rays won. Kelly Schlappach is basically a waste of human flesh on this roster. Schlappach isn’t even hitting his weight and if a catcher can’t hit his weight, dude better be a combination of Johnny Bench (defense) and Tony Pena (calling a game) behind the plate and while he may be close to Pena when James “Big Game” Shields pitches, he’s a friggin’ bad joke the rest of the time.
What is it with the Rays and catchers? They haven’t had a decent catcher since this franchise was born.
Joe’s giddy about the win but isn’t that drunk that he over looks the bad things about this game.