Joe is back with this postgame thoughts…
Where has this been all year?
Man, Roberto Hernandez had a dynamite game. The Rays starter, who largely has stunk so far this year and seemed on the verge of packing his bags to Durham, N.C., had a dominant game in a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the Fishtank.
Damn, Hernandez had really good movement on his pitches and a tremendous sinking pitch that the Marlins largely could not handle. Pitching *this close* to a complete game, Hernandez faced 29 batters giving up just three hits while fanning five and walking none. Even though the dreaded pitch count was 92 and Hernandez gave up a ground ball single with two out, he got yanked by Merlot Joe for Fernando Rodney who gave up a rocket of a drive that Matt Joyce chased down in right field to end the game.
It would go a long way for the Rays if Hernandez can pitch more like he did tonight. While Joe is giddy with the outcome, Joe is taking a wait-and-see approach to see if Hernandez has turned the corner or not.