This time it was in front a very healthy home crowd of almost 25K. Joe even had to wait a fair amount of time on the beer line.
John Jaso almost tagged Masterson his first time up but drilled a two-run bomb in the fourth, and HellBoy scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings and dropped his ERA to 2.80. Does anyone pitch better with a lead on the Rays?
It would be something if HellBoy can keep it going and outmuscle David Price for an All-Star spot. … Joe can dream on lazy Sunday.
So the Evan Longoria leadoff experiment worked again, and nobody can fathom a guess (at this typing) of what the mad scientist skipper is going to come up with against Texas on Monday night.
Logic would say Dirtbag shouldn’t stop leading off, since the whole point of putting him there was to snap him out of his slump. Mission accomplished, but maybe there’s a new mission?
Johnny Damon’s professional stick continues to make Joe stop and take pause. The rollercoaster’s heading down again. With pitching like this, it’s hard to make sense of the Rays losing a series.