Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Joe just cannot believe how dominant Rays starter Matt Moore was tonight. Does the name Steve Carlton ring a bell? The Rays super southpaw and All Star simply locked up the Blow Sux to pull the Rays within a half-game of first place as the Rays continue to play excellent baseball in the month of July.
Only the lowly AAAstros have handed the Rays a loss this month; two in fact. In short, the Rays are on a historic roll here. The Rays have won 6 straight, 14 of 15, 18 of 20, and 21 of 25.
The 3-0 win was Moore’s first complete-game shutout. It was only the second time the Rays have fired a shutout at Fenway. Steve Trachsel was the last to toss a complete-game shutout in May 2000.
Moore is only fifth pitcher in two decades to throw two-hit shutout as a Fenway Park opponent.
Damn, this is fun, especially when Moore looked like the second coming of Carlton.