Joe needs one of those Joe Maddonesque pep talks about now. Beer’s not going to be enough to kill the pain tonight.
You know the talk, the kind of Maddonspeak that will keep the Rays from getting emotionally spent after today’s brutal 3-2 defeat in Baltimore in 14 innings.
The Rays just can’t hit consistently. This season now hangs on whether they’ll got hot again like they did in August and spark belief one more time in those who still believe.
Young Chris Archer grew up a lot today, pitching under extreme pressure entering in the 11th inning — to start the frame and after Mark Reynolds was inches from ending the game on Archer’s first (or second) pitch. Archer dug out of from the brink in the 13th and a dink to left field sunk him to end the game with Adam Jones flying home from second base.
Joe could point a finger at Wade Davis for bumbling a seventh-inning bunt, but that just wouldn’t be fair.
The Rays just can’t hit.
It’s off to New York. Joe can’t wrap his head around the Rays snapping out of this funk, which means they probably will.