Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…

Man, these Rays games are fun to watch. It seems every night there is a different player making big plays.

Big Game was big tonight, except for one pitch. Wolverine was great, with the help of Michael Saunders. Zorilla made a wonderful, game-saving catch on the run in right field in the top of the eighth that saved two runs.

But on this night, Joel Peralta of all people revved up the Way Back Machine and got a save that consisted of more than three outs. With the Rays starters unable to get past the sixth inning much of late, it has pretty much used up`the Rays bullpen. Fernando Rodney, for example, was not pitching tonight.

Enter Peralta, who has pitched well of late. His pitches had some nasty movement on them and after recorded five outs, he honored Rodney with Rodney’s glove-in-the-air signature exclamation point after wins.

Keep it up Rays, and you may not miss Dirtbag or Bossman much over the next few weeks.



  1. Connie says:

    Loved Peralta's tribute! Good thing no one was around because I cracked up so hard! Nice to see the camaraderie!

  2. Dave L says:

    IMO Peralta has been our best guy out of the pen the last 2 years. Saves are nice and sexy and gives people a number to hang on to but what Peralta is asked to do is tougher, deal with guys already on base pitching multiple innings at times, coming in to games we are down not only when we are up. Hes a tough SOB with an intense attitude.

  3. Dave L says:

    Its all wine and roses now after facing 2 soso RHP but i shudder to imagine who is going to produce runs against good lefties with BJ and Longo out.

    We better get exceptional pitching against southpaws to win those games without our only 2 ML level RH hitters out.

    Zobrist better eat his Wheaties on those days. Most of what he has produced this year came from batting left.


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