The first place A’s got thier ass handed to them in the mini series this week. Outscored 18-9 in the two games, the Rays showed how baseball is played in the East. I dont know if other teams in the AL West are pure garbage, or if it was just a beat down from the first place team in the league to why they looked like a minor league team. But Im going to go with they just got a beat down from the best team in baseball. The Rays do have the highest run differential with +59. The closest team to them is the Yankess with I beleive +35 run differential. Those numbers should say a lot right there.
The game was tied 2-2 going into the 5th, until the Rays had their explosive inning and scored 6 runs to put the game basically out of reach. With no homeruns in the inning, the Rays are showing this lineup is nothing to play around with. Consistent hitting is to thank for the runs being produced by the Rays. Although, Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria hit back to back homeruns in this game, the A’s were already packing their bags and doing in fast to get the hell out of here. I wouldnt blame em.”We’re really hitting on all cylinders right now,” Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. “We know we’re going to have highs and lows. Right now, when we’re on this hot streak, we’ve got to try to ride it out as long as we can.”
James Shields really impressed last night striking out 12 minor leaguers, I mean A’s, matching his career high. He was dominant thoughout the whole game except for a homerun given up in the first inning. This gave Shields his 3rd win of the year and again its going to be hard to get a loss with your team producing more the 7 runs a game. “I don’t really concentrate on the strikeouts. My job is to get outs and to go deep into the game,” Shields said. “Today overall was an amazing game. I think it was the fifth inning, they scored six runs. It really helped out. I had to battle tonight. Braden’s a battler.”