Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…
Joe doesn’t know if he wants to cry or drink beer… or both! The Rays recent woes at home continued, losing a close game to Detroit this afternoon.
Man, it seemed as if the Rays were poised for a combat in the seventh. With Zorilla and Godzilla on base and one out, surely the modern-day Bombers could get a hit and get a run home, or better, a double and perhaps tie the game.
No, Merlot Joe decided to channel Whitey Herzog and steal. Joe often has no problem with this philosophy, but Zorilla will never be confused with Vince Coleman or Ozzie Smith or Willie McGee.
Besides, the Rays needed two runs, not one.
Zorilla runs right into a perfect throw and tag by the Tigers for the second out and predictably Jose Molina flies out to end the frame.
But this is what the Rays have become. Without Dirtbag, maybe the rest of the season, and Andrew Friedman refusing to pull off a trade that might bring in a worthy bat or two despite a surplus of arms in the organization, this is what we should expect from the Derek Shelton-nine: If the Rays don’t get a dynamite pitching performance, they struggle worse that Joe working the Bucs cheerleaders at a trendy south Tampa hotspot.