Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
The Rays, who struggle with offense more than Joe does trying to find a keyhole after a Saturday night bender, are built largely on pitching and defense. This formula has worked in the past and if the Rays play October baseball again this year, it will also be based on pitching and defense.
The Rays got that in today’s 4-2 win over the Padres.
Solid pitching by Roberto Hernandez (with a scoreless frame from Jake McGee — GASP!) and some timely offense sandwiched by strong defensive plays in the outfield added up to a nice win, pushing the Rays to a game over .500.
Could this be the return of the Legend of Sam Fuld? A true major league play in the first inning and a triple? About time for a guy who was putting up Southern League play. Then Matt Joyce pulls a Willie Mays/Jim Edmonds routine in the ninth with an over-the-shoulder basket catch in right field for the second out.
Thrown in Fernando Rodney shooting his bow-and-arrow, and it was a pleasant Mother’s Day all around for Rays fans.
Winning like the Rays ought to.