What A Weekend
This weekend the Rays faced the Yanks in a 3 game series that started out pretty damn well. David Price wa phenomenal to open up the series and more than 4 runs were scored by the Rays. Exactly what I said needed to be done to win against the Yankees. Price went 7.2 innings, only giving up 3 runs and striking out 7. We need the starters to go as deep as they can in the game so the horrible bullpen can stay off the mound. But again we had to come back from behind to win. This was the 4th straight game without starting out with the lead. The Rays did have a rebuttal to the Yankees scoring 2 in the 4th by scoring 5 in the bottom of the inning including Carlos Pena’s first homerun of the season. Rays ended up winning the game with a total of 9-3.
Game 2 was a completely different game from the first one. But really there is not much you can do against the top pitcher in the game. Sabathia was lights out allowing one hit through 8. Thank you Kelly Shoppach for the hit to left field, I did not want to witness a no-hitter especially against the Yankees. I would hear about this all year by their sooooo cool fans. I really cant stand them saying “When have you guys ever won a World Series?” Might be the most annoying comment I hear in my life other than,” there is no more barbeque sauce” when I go to Burger King to eat some tenders. I really did think this game was going to be in the Rays favor when Wade Davis started out the game recording 3 strikeouts in the first 2 innings. But after the first few innings Davis game up 4 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Contrubuting to the 10-0 loss was the wonderful bullpen including Mike Ekstrom, Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Dan Wheeler with Choate and Ekstrom giving up 6 earned runs. Joe Maddon actually had Pat Burrell warming up to enter the game in relief. I would have loved to see this. Cant be any worse than the way he swings the bat.
The game on Sunday started out very well, getting 2 runs in the first inning. Yes, we actually started out a game with the lead, it must have been the baby blues. James Shields pitched a good game allowing 2 runs in 5.1 innings. He can thank the bullpen of course for giving up the game. Randy Choate came into the game in relief of Shields and gave up two more runs in the 6th giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead. Following Choate, was Lance Cormier and Andy Sonnanstine giving up 3 more runs combined. Burrell did end up with 2 hits in the game boosting his average to a whopping .188. Rays lost 3-7 ending the homestand with a record of 3-3.