Tonight’s 3-1 silencing of Seattle was what many Rays fans expected this season before Evan Longoria and Kyle Farnsworth went down. Superior pitching. Flawless defense. Just enough in the bats to frustrate fans but win games.
But Joe and everyone else was pretty darn spoiled through April’s hit show. Tonight, though, was more like the Rays baseball we’ve all learned to love — somebody steps up just enough to win with three sub .200 hitters in the lineup.
Matt Joyce drilled a solo shot and a triple — two of the Rays three hits — and Matt Moore, Burke Badenhop and Joel Peralta set the table for strike-out-the-side performance of Crooked Cap. (Joe’s really starting to get more enjoyment out of a Crooked Cap ninth than a MFIKY shirt pull-out to end a game.)
So now the Rays are 1-0 in the Longo Hammygate era and 16-8 overall. Joe suspects Longo won’t be missed until the schedule gets brutal again next week.