Well, sort of. Three runs scratched out in the second inning and a collective whimper the rest of the way. But it was enough for a W. We’ll take it.
Johnny Damon in the leadoff hole seems to be working out. What a novel concept. He’s never hit there before.
Hellboy brought the goods again through 7 1/3 and took down his ERA to 2.64. Damn, Joe’s pulling for the kid to get in the All-Star game. Kyle Farnsworth spared fans what seemed like a surefire cardiac ninth, and Hellboy grabbed his seventh win.
Evan Longoria bailing out of the game with another oblique/abdominal issue is beyond troubling. Yeah, the Rays had that great run in April and May without him, but there’s probably not another historic miracle in their bag of tricks.
The thought of another prolonged Dirtbag absence is enough to give Joe hives.
For now, it’s time to savor a win. It’s been too long.