Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….
Joe thought this game was in the bag.
Finally seeing some offense in this Dirtbag-less, Desmond Jennings-less lineup, the Rays handed Big Game a six-run lead in the fourth.
Cool. Game’s all but won with the Rays’ No. 1 starter on the mound.
Not so fast. Partially thanks to Rays nemesis Matt Wieters, the Orioles climbed back twice and appeared about to win the game in the ninth. But this game was not saved by Shields or even Kung Fu Fernando Rodney, but by the glove of Sean Rodriguez.
Playing third base today, Rodriguez made a couple of plays with the leather that would have made Brooks Robinson nod in approval. If not for SRod diving all over the infield and making crazy plays, the Rays lose this game.
Props to Zorilla for breaking out with the bat and Elliot Johnson putting a pitch over the fence in left field as well. But if not for SRod’s defense, those homers are lost in a loss.