Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…
OK, Joe’s not going to whine about how the Rays defense — a team groomed to be solid defensively — let down rookie pitcher Chris Archer in his major league debut.
After a shaky start — understandable — the kid pitched better than just about anyone could hope for. Archer gave up just three hits in six innings of work and fanned seven. Wow, that’s a debut!
The two first inning unearned runs did him in, no fault of his own. After that, Archer was dominant. Archer was all but thrown to the wolves in facing Stephen Strasburg and came out smelling like a rose.
Good grief, how many pitchers can the Rays develop? It’s uncanny. Joe just wishes they could develop a hitter (sans Desmond Jennings and Dirtbag) once in a blue moon to go along with all of these arms.