Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Of the Rays’ offseason aquisitions, probably the best was the signing of first baseman James Loney. The clutch hitter came through in the clutch again today to give the last-place Rays [as of this writing] a 3-1 win over the Yankmees.
Loney, who is hitting a league-best .402 in the seventh inning or later, belted a line drive just past the glove of Yankmees shortstop Jason Nix for a bases-loaded two-run shot to essentially give the Rays the win.
Joe knows the Rays’ braintrust doesn’t like signing hitters to long-term contracts, but Loney has earned the right to be re-signed.
Finally, the Rays’ bullpen pitched to its talent and was dynamite in the last two frames.
Overall, Joe was happy, about as happy as one can be with a win for a last-place team.