Wow, what a return by the big righty, Jeff Niemann, in what will be a memorable game.

Sure, Niemann was strong in his first start since coming off the disabled list. Niemann, for reasons not entirely known, really hasn’t been the same pitcher since he went on the disabled list last season.

Tonight, Niemann looked like the old Jeff Niemann: dominant. Great pitching duel with Chris Narveson until the Rays broke the game open in the seventh.

The Rays got solid play from the leather from Dirtbag and of course, the Magic of Kotch, and a decent play by Niemann himself. But this game will be remembered for a seemingly flippant appearance by the Legend of Sam Fuld.

Dude takes a few warmup pitches just long enough for Milwaukee to commit to a batter and then Merlot Joe yanks him for César Ramos. Shades of Whitey Herzog there! Could you imagine Merlot Joe managing in the National League without a DH? Wow.

In retrospect, Fuld should have stayed in the game the way Ramos pitched. Dude let the Brew Crew back in the game when they were on the mat.

But a win is a win and this was a fun win.

Brats for everyone!



  1. Michael says:

    Ramos seems like the child they keep under the stairwell. Never comes out in pressure situations, kinda shaky.

    All Hail Fuld

    • Daredevil says:

      I am so depressed that the Rays could have promoted Cory Wade and gotten rid of Ramos (or Sonnanstine). But no, we release the dominating Wade from AAA. And I have to endure PATHETIC attempts at relief pitching by said stiffs while Wade helps the Yankees win games. Friedman you idiot. Ramos had an ERA near 12 last year. I know that was a small sample size, but why show allegiance to guys like he & Sonny when Wade was dazzling in Durham (and had proven it in 2008 for the Dodgers before battling an injury).

  2. Joe says:

    Can someone please tell me how we are supposed to be fielding our best 25 when Sonny and Ramos are in the pen as Gomes sits in the minors?

    It was very nice seeing Neimann pitch like he did today but it's going to take a lot more of that for me to trust him after all his horrid starts plus Davis is...I just don't know. I still miss Cobb.

    Can we list Elliot Johnson as "officially useless" yet?

  3. Steve says:

    Some of you guys are unbelievable.Sure Ramos has had a few stinkers but he has also been very good and pulled the Rays out of some jams. Lefties that throw 92-95 don't grow on trees. I bet you are the same folks trashing the team for not trading Shields instead of Garza. However I have to agree about AAAndy he is not one of the top 12-13.

  4. Daredevil says:

    Ramos has actually been more effective against righties. He is not a lefty specialist. And he has been unreliable all year. Throws a lot of meatballs. He will always be mediocre at best, whereas Cory Wade has been great in the past, and will be in the future. And there is no defending Sonnanstine. We don't need a long man anyway.


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