Joe is back with his postgame thoughts….
Now this was the Rays team we all expected. Strong pitching. Clutch pitching. Clutch hitting. And a little bit of smallball thrown in. Joe just loved it.
Caps off to James Shields and Joel Peralta. Four innings in a row the Twins, with the game tied, got the leadoff runner on base only to see said runner stranded. That’s clutch pitching.
Then, in extra innings, the Rays blew the game open.
Speaking of extra innings, Joe nearly fell off his leather couch laughing when Twins pitcher Tyler Robertson drilled windmill Karlos Pena. Nothing like hitting one of the worst hitters in baseball in extra innings. Joe thinks that just might be worse than walking the pitcher in the National League.
Oh, and a tip of the cap to Twins shortstop Brian Dozier for not even trying to gun down Desmond Jennings at the plate on a ground ball hit to him in the 10th. That helped.
All around, just a strong effort by the Rays today. This is the team that Joe expected to watch most of the season.