Before commenting on this epic loss, Joe’s got two questions: Where was the on-air ESPN outrage at Marco Scutaro intentionally throwing his back in the direction of Kelly Shoppach as he zeroed in on the foul pop to end the Red Sox 11th inning with the bases loaded? It barely got a replay.
Good for fill-in manager Dave Martinez for getting run.
And how long will Scutaro be suspended for one of the most heinous and dangerous displays of poor sportsmanship Joe’s seen in a lot of years?
It’ll be nothing short of disgusting if the suits at MLB come up lame. Scutaro even grabbed a look and a wind-up, so caught the great Cork Gaines on film.
With that off his chest, Joe knows this 16-inning, 1-0 ugliness will go down in Rays history. It was like a bizarre heavyweight fight minus the punching.
The Rays were 3-for-50. Ten walks by the Rays pen and just one run for the Sox.
What can’t get lost is the stellar eight innings by Jeff Niemann, and the clutch work by Juan Cruz and Brandon Gomes.
But this was the worst possible way for the Rays to fall seven games back and lose a series. Alex Cobb has to eat some innings tonight against the Yanks.