The Rays’ bullpen mastery is almost a given at this point, but when it delivers five scoreless with eight strikeouts against the Rangers, then it deserves the kudos that are getting far too easy to brush aside.
Wade Davis was razor sharp in the 10th and 11th innings Friday, setting the stage for Zorilla’s thrilling walk-off, two-run bomb. Kyle Farnsworth, Fernando Rodney and Joel Peralta were untouchable. Joe wasn’t even nervous seeing Rodney pump fastballs at Josh Hamilton in the ninth.
Joe’s also got to tip his cap to Ryan Roberts. His consistent glove-breaking, burner throws from second base have been fun to watch this season, and Friday one nailed Elvis Andrus at first base in the ninth. It was thrown so damn hard off a slow chopper that the replay could barely slow it down.
Too bad he wasn’t playing second base Thursday instead of Elliot Johnson. The Rays might have another W in the win column.
Exciting stuff for the home crowd tonight. Enough to take your mind off the scary, hopefully temporary, loss of David Price and his sore shoulder.