Joe’s gotta hang a lot of this absolute disaster of an extra-inning loss on Joe Maddon and the first-base umpire.

B.J. Upton was on third with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and Sam Fuld steps to the plate with one out. What the hell are the odds of being successful there with a safety squeeze with a speedster at third and one at the plate? 80 percent?

But no. Maddon has Fuld, pinch-hitting no less, swinging away and he takes a called third strike fastball, before Elliot Johnson does the same to end the inning. Where was the computer, JoMa? And what the hell was Fuld looking for to be frozen like that?

Game over quickly in the bottom of the 10th.

To get to the screwy 10th, Kyle Farnsworth TWICE picked off Chris Getz at first base with a one-run lead in the ninth, but no freaking call from the umpire. And a fielder’s choice took out Getz and that baserunner became the eventual two-out tying run. Total BS. There’s no question on the replay.

This has to go down as one of the worst losses of the season.

And as long as Joe is piling on here, Maddon taking out Joel Peralta for J.P. Howell in the eighth was the equivalent of a failed suicide attempt. Peralta was on fire.

What a shame to flush a gritty start by Jeff Neimann and an extraordinary return for Desmond Jennings, whose two extra-base hits are one shy of Reid Brignac’s entire 2011 total. Jennings simply flew around the bases — like a hungry Upton.

Sad times.





  1. Tone says:

    Leaving and inning with the bases loaded and nobody out without scoring is likely the biggest baseball sin; doing it in consecutive games against a gutter team like the Royals is an abomination.

  2. CC says:

    4 for 18 with runners in scoring position. 15 strike outs. Against K.C. Really. This game should not have been close.

  3. Des from Durham says:

    Told you so. Now call up my boy Guyer too.

  4. Ty says:


  5. baldelli45 says:

    Lets get rid of derrick Shelton please! This is the reason why our offense are doing poorly. Just an idea for the guys in the office.

  6. Beth says:

    In recent losses, there has been plenty of blame to go around. Errors leading to unearned runs. Unreliable relief pitching. And of course the offense -- either failure to get any hits at all, or failure to take advantage of the hits you do get. I don't even blame Elliott Johnson for the 10th inning strike out. I blame a team that has no better option than Elliott Johnson in that situation.

    • Mark E says:

      Yes, blame the whole team for certain for the lethargic offense. But Elliott Johnson and Sam Fuld choosing to look at 3rd strikes in such an obviously game-deciding situation is moronic, at best. You can not let them off the hook for such an amateur move. Stupid, just stupid -- somebody drill into these guys how to foul off a 2-strike pitch they don't like and not leave the game in the hands of an umpire's subjectivity... ESPECIALLY when these guys just witnessed 9 innings of the widest strike zone they'll ever see. There is NO EXCUSE.

  7. Rob says:

    As an old coach once said, "everyone in the stands has eyes to watch the pitch, God gave you the bat to do something with."

  8. ALLEN says:

    I like the old fashioned hitters----just get the ball within reach and they'll hit it----Yogi Berra and Roberto Clemente. The most strikeouts Yogi ever had in a season was 38. And over 19 seasons he averaged 27 HRs. In 18 seasons Clemente had 100 SOs only twice.

    Oh, I also want a Nelli Fox type to lead off. In 19 seasons he averaged 632 official ABs and the most SOs in a season was 18 in 1953. His career average was 15. That's a leadoff hitter!

    I've been skeptical of Jennings but I was very impressed Saturday night. If he can keep it up, it will help us forget Carl Crawford.

    I hate to say it but BLAME THE UMPIRE for last night's loss. The Rays were up 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th and the ump clearly missed a pickoff at 1st base. Clearly. After that the fault has to go to Fuld and Johnson and then Gomes. How can you load the bases with no outs and not score??? Not only did the Rays not score, they didn't even try to score.

    Go Rays!

  9. td32 says:

    This is the 2nd time I've seen someone complain that the Rays should have safety squeezed with the bases loaded. Here's the deal: YOU NEVER SAFETY SQUEEZE WITH THE BASES LOADED! The reason a safety squeeze is successful is because of how hard it is to defend: 1)Field the bunt 2)Transfer ball and throw ball accurately 3)Catcher catching the ball 4)And here is the most critical part... laying a tag on the runner! With the bases loaded, it is a force out, and far easier to make that play.

    Please stop asking for safety squeeze's with the bases loaded...

    • Joe Rays Fan says:

      C,mon now, td32. You're not addressing the odds of success in that situation considering Upton on third and Fuld at the plate, and the inning. It's surely been done many times before successfully in baseball. Quick Google search revealed many examples.

      • John says:

        Yes, it has been done successfully, but with the bases loaded the odds are a lot less than 80%.

      • td32 says:

        A Google Search separates a safety squeeze from a suicide squeeze? There is a big difference. And a suicide squeeze in that situation would be inadvisable, because it is far more difficult to pull of with a lefty batting. Trust me, the bunt would have to be perfect with the bases loaded in a safety squeeze situation. The force out vs the tag out makes a major difference.
        Fuld strikes ot 13.9% of the time... So odds were in the Rays favor that the ball would be put in play. Gotta there was about a 70% chance that Fuld would push a run across... But he didnt, and that is his fault, not Maddon's.

        • Sarah says:

          I'm with you on this one. I don't know the actual odds of success but when you've got bases load and 1 out the logic would suggest that a squeeze is very likely to turn into an inning-ending double play. You are right, the critical point is whether there is a runner at 2nd who turns the play at home into a force.

  10. Don says:

    Couldn't hardly turn on the game today, but just got back from the beach and needed some comic relief ....6 minor league players, .215 hitters and joe can't help but laugh (smile) at its finest..... KC royals...really....


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