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.