Joe is back with his postgame thoughts….

Of all the accolades deserved by the Rays tonight in Chicago, Joe must bow to the Rays defense for the 3-2 win.

It started on the opening White Sox at bat, with B.J. Upton getting on his horse and making an over-the-shoulder catch look far to easy. So easy that nobody’s going to talk about it on Friday. And the defensive gems kept coming, as James Shields handed out baserunners only to have them inhaled by the Rays’ leather.

The days of suffering watching Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson seem like ancient history.

The Rays turned three double plays, including a throwback gem of a pick by Evan Longoria, to set up the hard-fought bow and arrow to extend this run to 8-0. And don’t forget Desmond Jennings refusing to let one get by him in left-center.

The Rays own their destiny at this point, and they even might have bought some wiggle room for a loss in their final six games.

As Longoria said after the game, “No Excuses.” Joe couldn’t agree more. Baltimore and Oakland are not better teams right now.

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  1. KT says:

    So amazing. I'm thankful to be able to witness meaningful games right now, and the Rays are playing their hearts out.

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  2. ChrisFromNaples says:

    The Rays seriously screw with my emotions.

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  3. Beazy says:

    NICE!!!! Some call it the "Rays Way", some say it's because of "JoeMahism", but most simply shrug there shoulders, and applaud. Were at the magic # of 3 before our last series against the O's, 2 from the A's, but it doesn't matter, if anyone ask you what's the vowels of the alphabet(?), tell'em E-I-U and sometimes Y (lol), because if we keep playing the "one game @ a time" ballgame, the A's and O's won't matter...

    GO RAYS!!!!!

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  4. bbmern says:

    The Rays are playing really good baseball right now. Longo mentioned the "consistent lineup" which, in my opinion, should have been consistent all year with the exception of the catchers and DHs. I too am happy that he is not playing Sean or Elliot in these last critical games! Win or lose, they have made this another exciting finish. I am proud of this team and hope they keep this magic going one game at a time.

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  5. don says:

    Rays control their own fate:easy
    The Rays will be in the Playoffs if they do NOT lOSE another game..I guarantee it..
    One loss maybe

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