Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….

Yeah, this was a painful loss with plenty of blown opportunities (enough with the called third strikes with the bases loaded!), but it was damn good to see some old fashioned grit in the Rays again, battling back from two down in the ninth before Jim Thome drilled a Jake McGee fastball for an opposite field homer to beat the Rays 7-6.

What a beautiful thing it was to see a professional hitter put on the Tampa Bay uniform. It’s so soothing to see a guy who can go with a pitch and adjust regularly in the count.Welcome back, Jeff Keppinger, who went 5-for-5, including a key hit in the ninth-inning comeback. Joe had flashbacks of Johnny Damon watching Keppinger today.

Joe’s trying to be positive out of this one, and will ignore the plentiful negatives, particularly the painful Hedeki Matsui experiment — at the plate and in the field —  and hopefully the Rays picked up at least a little confidence from the comeback.

J.P. Howell turning in a one-two-three sixth inning was a stunner, and maybe that offers a tingle of hope that he can resurrect his career. If nothing else, it means Rays fans are sure to see more of him soon. There’s no way Joe Maddon won’t look to build Howell’s confidence off that outing.

If slam-the-remote-control losses can ever be tolerable, this one was.

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5 Comments

  1. s says:

    once again, swing the f-ing bat with runners in scoring position. quit working the count and swing the bat.

    how many times did we go 3-2 with runners on? the few times we actually swung early with runners on, we were successful.

    taking pitches will be the downfall of this team. it takes 4 walks to score a run and in the meantime we rack up the K’s or get caught up swinging at bad pitches. i don’t know if this is maddon or shelton, but it has to change.

    OBP is a joke of a stat, we walk, walk, and then the runners get stranded. 3-2 counts force us into half ass swings to just stay alive. this is becoming a joke.

  2. Rob says:

    Tolerable? Giving up a 3 run HR to a guy who has never had one in over 7000 ABs is tolerable? We could be in last place by the end of the day today.

  3. Dave L says:

    Facing two lefties today whats the chances of a twilight double no-hitter? With 9 walks.

    I have a sinking feeling about this one.

    • KillaTapes says:

      I’m really glad you were wrong about that. This team showed some real fight in this double header

      • Dave L says:

        Me too. I’m not one to stick with my dire negative predictions. I love to be proved wrong in that regard.

        Just like Eliot Johnson I never dreamed he would be this servicable as a replacement player.

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