Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…
Joe has been pretty hard on Karlos Pena this year. His defensive footwork has slipped, sometimes terribly so, and oh, man, those strikeouts!
As much as Karlos Pena drives Joe to drink (more), there is no question where Karlos’ heart is and it showed this evening in a marathon 14-inning win by the Rays.
After roping a liner to right just in front of Ichiro Suzuki, Zorilla turns on a pitch just inside the right field line for an extra-base hit, his sixth time on base Friday night (it’s already Saturday morning).
Karlos, not exactly fleet of feet, chugged around second and didn’t hesitate heading for home, a ballsy move with Ichiro fielding the ball.
But Karlos got a couple of breaks. Ichiro briefly bobbled the ball, then didn’t hit a cut off man (a sin in the Far East). His throw was to the first base side of the plate, which was just enough for Karlos to barely get a toe to touch the plate in front of the tag.
No, in Joe’s eyes, Karlos has been anything but a productive player this year. Please save the walks nonsense! Most men are attracted to beautiful women; others are aroused by a walk. If walks were the key to solid offensive baseball, MLB rosters would be loaded with midgets. If Eddie Gadel was so great, why did he have only one at-bat?
That written, Pena’s heart has always been in the right place, and it paid off with a victory Friday.