Joe’s not naive enough to think Sam Fuld is going to put the Rays over the top and cure their ills, but it was damn nice to see energetic fundamental baseball return to the field for the good guys.
Fuld was a big part of tonight’s 3-1 win in Baltimore. Him out there battling, bunting, running and playing a sound outfield was a welcome sight, as was Matt Joyce continuing to look dialed in at the plate and extending his hitting streak to five games.
The pitching reaching a new level of dominance should have even the most stout pessimist wondering what the Rays might pull off, even if they sit tight at the trade deadline. Hellboy had another gem of an outing and finally got some support. Fernando Rodney was shaky, but his comeback from 3-and-0 on Adam Jones with three straight changeups for a strikeout was brilliant.
David Price goes tomorrow. Evan Longoria is making strides. Hope has returned.