Bases loaded for Felipe Lopez and Kelly Shoppach with a rookie first-timer on the mound in the fourth inning, and both of them are at the plate swinging for the fences, trying to pull the ball and missing it by a mile. They looked like rookie league hitters up there.
Shoppach then takes a perfect throw to the plate from Matt Joyce and can’t manage to slap a tag on Brennan Boesch, who was at the plate a step after the ball. It was almost like Shoppach was surprised he even caught the throw. Just prepare yourself to catch the damn ball and dive at the runner, or block the plate. It’s bad enough you can’t hit.
Then there’s Elliot Johnson getting caught stealing third base. Nice slide, pal.
How ironic that the Rays set some sort of record last night for consecutive games without multiple errors.
The bullpen was brutal and that was the ballgame. Joe’s starting to wonder whether J.P. Howell is going to regain that nasty comeback fastball that was his a big part of his game in 2009.
It’s just one game, but it felt like an unraveling. Joe’s hoping the Rays late rally carries over to tonight.