What a great Rays win — minus the Bad News Bears imitation, another heinous bunt and the routine Matt Moore implosion.
But 14 glorious hits will save you nearly every time. This one was an 8-5 triumph against the Jays.
Joe Maddon’s magic fix-it routine batting Karlos Pena leadoff paid off big time, with Pena looking more focused and drilling a mammouth three-run bomb to center to cap the Rays’ five-run fourth inning.
Elliot Johnson had three hits, and newbie Drew Sutton smacked a couple of big ones and didn’t look like an almost 29-year-old with 160 or so career humdrum at bats.
This Joe can’t bear to type out the fielding blunders that helped get Matt Moore run. Just know it was ugly, almost as ugly as the stat flashed up by the Sun Sports crew that showed hitters batting about .350 against Moore this season the third time through the batting order. That sure seems like it should be correctable?
Crooked Cap owned the ninth and the Rays finished off the Jays 8-5 and averted a second-place tie.
Savor the hit parade. It doesn’t come around much.