When David Price got the eighth-inning hook tonight, he sure looked like he wanted to pound someone’s face in like he was pounding fastballs past the Red Sox all night.
Ninety pitches, 67 for strikes, brilliant stuff, and there was Price yanked after fanning Jonny Gomes. It was a classic WTF moment for Joe Maddon, and it would have backfired if the home plate umpire didn’t bail out the Rays by erasing a clear run that would have tied the game at 2 and sent Price looking for Evan Longoria’s old AK-47.
But so it goes. Rays win, 2-1, and grab first place, in a victory that had a touch of a playoff feel in Boston.
Price deserved the win, and thankfully he got it, considering the Rays left all kinds of runs on the bases.
Luke Scott bunting for a base hit with a runner on first. Really? Desmond Jennings’ 1-for-14 clip isn’t pretty.
Fernando Rodney did wonders for pacemaker sales across the Tampa Bay area.
Joe will say this. These Rays have some swagger to them. They do feel unstoppable.