Curtis Granderson losing a sure pop out in the seventh was a beautiful thing. Yet another opportunity for the national talking heads to pile on the Rays. But screw’em.
Finally the Rays got a few breaks — and some smart baserunning — to go with their usual dose of stellar starting pitching.
Damn, Jake McGee looked good. Hopefully that new slider and poise is for real. The J.P. Howell resurrection really needs to take a hiatus until next spring training.
Jeremy Hellickson worked the plate beautifully. The guy just doesn’t get rattled. Two-run bomb to Robinson Cano? No problem — 119 pitches strong in a critical game. It’s so easy to forget Hellboy is a rookie.
And props to Joel Peralta for an instant classic of a postgame interview. Not since MFIKY has there been such a dazzling array of fantastic confusion. Wonder if he’ll get whacked by the league for criticizing an umpire?
David Price must show up big tomorrow.