Yeah, the Rays were unlikely to win scoring three runs tonight, but tossing out J.P. Howell in the seventh to face Josh Hamilton with the bases loaded and two outs was the equivalent of playing Russian roulette with a half-loaded gun.
Was Jake McGee unavailable? What about Matt Moore for one batter? This was freakin’ game 3 of the ALDS.
For Joe, the commercial break before Howell threw his first pitch was like waiting for the lethal injection guy to stroll over and plunge the syringe. Right on cue, Hamilton torched a two-run single to right field to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
The reality is this game was right out of the script for so many of the Rays’ 70+ losses this season. Enough pitching to win but anemic bats.
It just feels so much worse in the playoffs.
Kudos to Dezmon Jennings for busting out of his slump and giving the Rays life — and hope for now and beyond — with two dingers.