Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
If you would have told Joe that Rays ace David Price would only throw 87 pitches in a complete game, tossing just 17 balls, Joe would have thought surely Price and the Rays would have won in a shutout.
It was almost the complete opposite.
Partially flying blind with scant information, the Rays fell victim to rookie AAAstros pitcher Jarred Cosart. The native Texan held the Rays to just two hits through eight innings. The Rays made the AAAstros sweat in the ninth, but a rally was just short.
It’s hard to put into words how dominant Price was after he settled down, getting tagged for a pair of runs early. It’s clear whatever ailed Price before he was disabled list, has been righted now.
So the Rays’ have an eight-game win streak snapped. Hey, if the Rays can do half that good the rest of the way, losing a game for every four wins, this team will be in fine shape.