Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….

Carlos Pena ending the game on the third called strike of his at bat with the bases loaded was just too much to bear. Swing the damn bat and stop complaining about close pitches.

But who could be surprised? Lack of aggression was sort of the theme of this 5-3 loss to the Yankmees.

In what had to be the ugliest stop sign in recent memory, Rays third base coach Tom Foley put the brakes on Jeff Keppinger with one out in the seventh inning on what could have and should have been the tying run at 3-3. Nick Swisher appeared to be fumbling a rain-soaked ball in the right field corner, so Joe’s not sure what the hell Foley was thinking. Surely he wasn’t worried about taking the bat out of Sean Rodriguez’s hands.

So then Rodriguez goes and flies out to right and Keppinger gets another stop sign, and the inning ends with Ivan Nova getting Jose Molina. Hey Foley, there’s a reason those guys bat eighth and ninth in the order.

It was a horsecrap game all around, with the Rays worthless with runners in scoring position and James Shields off his game and catching his first loss of the season.

Just like that the Rays have dropped three in a row.

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  1. Joe says:

    couldn't have said it better.

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  2. Michael says:

    I was screaming at the TV BOTH times Foley held Keppinger. Totally senseless calls with two of the worst hitters on the team due up.

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  3. CRRaysHead90 says:

    Would you guys be screaming about him sending the runner and the runner being thrown out at the plate?

    Sorry, I disagree with putting this loss on Foley's shoulders.

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    • Jason C says:

      Aggressive baserunning is part of the Rays way...would I blame the loss completely on Foley? Nah, but he definitely screwed the pooch there.

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    • Dave L says:

      Every loss doesnt have to have a goat. Kepp isnt exactly Maury Wills. I definitely wouldnt have challenged Swisher. Good throws would have got him both times and bad throws he would have scored. Foley made a judgement call that was understandable.

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      • Jason C says:

        And if Longoria or Zobrist or Scott or even Upton was coming up, I'd agree with you. With the absolute bottom of the order comng up, you have to be more aggressive. Sean isnt batting his weight, I dont think..

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  4. bbmern says:

    I was at the game...still SMH at Foley and Pena...geez!

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  5. Jason C says:

    And here I thought id never agree with Don....let's point out the facts:

    1-Theres only 1 out...this wouldnt end the inning if hes thrown out.
    2-Hes running full speed in the rain...stopping him is dangerous. He could slip and not even make it back to 3rd.
    3-It's raining...Swisher has to make a great throw to get him, with a wet ball.

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