Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….

Did the Rays just play and win a doubleheader without making an error? Stunning!

This really was a big deal because of the way the Rays had inexplicably transformed into a legitimately bad defensive team this season. And the didn’t-make-box-score errors weren’t around Sunday either, as the defense was pretty sharp. Brooks Conrad can catch the ball and turn two. Brilliant pickup!

Golly, the Rays have even pulled two errors back of the Orioles’ for the most in MLB.

In all seriousness, the Rays’ postseason hopes very much ride on their defense, something that was often taken for granted in years past. The pitching will be there consistently, and the offense will be streaky and make you pull your hair out, but that’s just fine as long as the Rays do what they’re capable of with their leather.

Raise your hand if you thought the Rays would walk out of Philly today with two wins facing Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

The few in that crowd, of course, include the unflappable Joe Maddon, who had no problem passing on a starting pitcher in the nightcap. And Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, Wade Davis and J.P. Howell rewarded him with a 4-hitter. … The mad scientist presses on.

Sad sack Kansas City now comes at just the right time for the Rays to string together a run to get back into second place.

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