What a satisfying win today by the Rays. First, the Rays beat one of the best teams in the National League and a slugging team at that. The win was also a series win. As losing manager Tony La Russa is famous for saying, win each series and at the end of the year you’ll be in good shape.
Damn, the Rays bats came out again. At home no less. Is five straight doubles a team record? Joe isn’t sure but it sure sounds impressive. But what is impressive is the Rays offense showed signs of life for the second consecutive game at home, where the Rays were averaging three runs a game. For the Rays to bang out 12 hits at the Fruitdome, well, it puts a smile on Joe’s face. And eight of those were hits were extra-base hits, seven of them doubles.
Joe was also very impressed how Hellboy sucked it up. When Hellboy gives up a home run he often loses. He gave up two. But Hellboy got the job done allowing just four other hits to the Cardinals. When’s the last time Hellboy gave up more homers than recorded strikeouts? That happened today when he had just one strikeout.
Joe only hopes these last two games have finally put to rest the hex of the listless bats at the Fruitdome.