This was simply an awful loss, no other way to put it.
You spot a kid making his first start in the bigs a five-run lead in the first inning and you lose 6-5? Really? You chase an unexpected starting pitcher early and you can’t score another run? Seriously?
Joe’s just about had it with Reid Brignac. Cool guy. Love his banter on Twitter. But no matter how nice of a guy he is, there has to be some offense there.
Perhaps maybe if Brignac put his smart phone down a little more and spend some extra time in a batting cage, he might be able to hit slightly better than his weight. Then again, look who he has to turn to for guidance from a hitting instructor.
If the Rays had any kind of a shortstop who could hit, this game would have been locked up, a series win.
Why not try SRod at short? Zorilla was once a shortstop, why not him? In his many stints with the parent club prior to this season, Brignac has never displayed an ability to be a decent, consistent hitter. He still hasn’t through the first month of the season after being handed a starting job.
Joe can forgive a guy who doesn’t hit well so long as he makes contact and has an outstanding glove. Brignac does not make any sober person forget Omar Vizquel or Ozzie Smith and the guy strikes out as much as he gets a hit. Disgusting!
Oh, and John Jaso, lest anyone not remember, is still a liability behind the plate.
What happened to the killer instinct? The Angels were all but buried but allowed to get back in the game.
Damn. That’s two games tossed away in this series.