What was a wonderful pitching duel, an old school pitching duel, the kind that Joe covets suddenly turned to irritable bowel syndrome for Joe with some horrible fundamentals led by the king of horrible fundamentals, Bossman.
Now before Joe gets rolling here, let’s be honest: The game was still in a scoreless tie even with Bossman’s knotheaded play. James Shields literally threw away the game when his pickoff a third flew way past SRod.
But it didn’t help that Robinson Cano got to third on a terrible throw by Bossman, threw the damned ball into the dugout no less! WTF?
For a team that’s built on pitching, fundamentals and defense, only one of the three showed up today.
Joe has written on this very site that one can make an argument Bossman is the Rays MVP for the first half of this season. But there’s no way Joe can justify that claim any more. Bossman simply has no idea how to be a smart baserunner and he’s the Randy Moss of centerfielders. He plays when he wants to.
If there was a goat for this game, it’s wouldn’t be Sabby the Goat, it would be Bossman.
Damn, this game — until the seventh inning — reminded Joe of when he was a little kid. Juan Marichal vs. Bob Gibson, or in later years Doc Gooden vs. Nolan Ryan. That’s what this game reminded Joe of. Two stud pitchers going toe-to-toe to the very end.
Oh, and Complete Game Shields got another complete game, right? Though he lost, he was never pulled. At least that’s something positive to take away from this wretched game.