Joe suspects Skipper Maddon’s pregame DJ Fresh silliness had nothing to do with the Rays’ lifeless bats tonight, and Joe’s going to go out on a limb and say DJ’s choice of music was not Jeremy Hellickson’s hometown Iowa groove of choice.
So, of course, the Rays and Hellboy walked away with a 3-hit, 1-0 shutout of the A’s at the Trop. That makes perfect sense.
Hellboy was spectacular. The Rays made another second tier young starting pitcher look like Greg Maddux. Matt Joyce’s solo bomb was enough. And Fernando Rodney had his best stuff of the season. His postgame arrow should have been shot at Ryan Roberts, but Rodney did the classy thing and went for the moon.
A sweep of the suddenly cold A’s tomorrow would do wonders for the good guys.