No, Joe’s not drunk. He actually wrote the headline above stone sober.
Even Joe has a hard time believing he wrote that headline, but it’s true. It was Kelly Shoppach that likely had the key hit of the game, a two-run single to left that plated Bossman and SRod. It gave the Rays a four-run lead.
Good thing to because it was at that time Wade Davis simply ran out of gas and the Orioles got two runs to pull within 7-5.
If not for Shoppach’s two RBIs, that game would have been tied. And just about any baseball pitcher much less manager will tell you how different you pitch and play in a tie game compared to a two-run lead late.
If not for Shoppach’s two-run single, who knows what would have happened, how the game would have ended?
If Shoppach can be just a little better hitter, come up with a game like this once or twice a week, hit maybe .250, he would be so much better and the Rays would be more formidable at the plate.
Joe is hoping this is a sign of better things to come from Shoppach.