Perhaps the most disturbing realization out of this heinous 5-3 Rays loss is that Baltimore looks like it won’t be taking its rightful place at the bottom of the AL East this season.
The Orioles sort of out-Rayed the Rays tonight, befuddling them with their defensive shifts and serving up superior pitching.
After five Rays errors, five, led to three unearned runs, Joe couldn’t bear to tune in to the mighty skipper’s talk after the game. There was no way to spin this defensive performance and more poor clutch hitting, and Joe didn’t want to hear Joe Maddon try.
Without going all negative, some congratulations are in order for Burke Badenhop’s three strikeouts in the eighth inning, Luke Scott’s two-out, two-run single that made it a ballgame, and for Elliot Johnson hustling out an infield hit on a pretty routine grounder to third. But the sad thing is it feels like Johnson is one of only a few Rays who still believe in running hard to first.
For those keeping score, it’s now a 5-6 record without Evan Longoria.