Go figure that the Rays’ first half would end with an epic offensive explosion for a ninth-inning, comeback 7-6 win in Cleveland. Will Rhymes’ second career homer? Unbelievable!
Part I of the wild rollercoaster ride of 2012 lands the Rays a game — or less after tonight — out of the final wild card spot.
There were many heroes today, but Joe’s got to tip a huge cap to Desmond Jennings. Without his sick grab in left center and two-run, opposite-field double in the sixth there are no ninth-inning heroics. Jennings’ all-around effort and focus — especially going the other way — gives Joe a sneaky feeling he might finally be fully healthy and playing with the confidence he needs to be successful.
There’s no such thing as a meaningless game, but this one was a little more important than the others.
It would have been easy for the Rays to mail this one in down 5-0 in what was the ultimate “getaway” game, a road afternoon contest before the All-Star break following a night game. But clearly the Rays aren’t going to fold his season, which might be just enough to squeak them in the playoffs, even without any moves or Evan Longoria.
Does management yearn for more than a postseason appearance? That’s really the only question for Rays fans as halftime begins.