Harry Doyle on the Rays

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Hello everybody. Harry Doyle here. In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Rays have managed to lose  a few here and there, and are threatening to fall into the cellar. Tonight we faced Kevin Correia and got one hit. That’s all we got, one goddamn hit off Kevin Correia? Just a reminder, fans, comin’ up Friday is our “Die-hard Night” here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who can actually remember when the Rays last one a home series. So, an eerie start to the homestand for the eerie Rays as they drop a heartbreaker to the Padres, five to four. The post game show is brought to you by…Christ, I can’t find it, the hell with it.

My thoughts on the game now that I’ve had two hours to fester while driving home tonight:

  • Easily the worst offensive game I’ve seen from Evan Longoria. GIDP, two pop-outs, and two strikeouts leaving a lot of men on base. The mighty Casey struck out to end the game
  • Adrian Gonzalez’s home run should never have happened. He is the only legitimate threat in that lineup and with nobody on and one or two outs, there is no reason in hell not to intentionally walk him.
  • Upton looked good at the plate but he usually does against guys with league average fastballs. He was also a factor on the basepaths trying to create runs.
  • Sean Rodriguez looked awful until he guessed right on the Gregerson slider and then nearly took Heath Bell out in his next at bat.
  • Rays did everything right in the 9th as everyone teed off on Bell but Rodriguez and Crawford hit the ball hard right into someone’s glove. Those are the kind of breaks the Rays on the wrong end way too much lately.
  • I will admit, Jason Bartlett had some decent looking at bats in this series so far, especially late in games.
  • Unfortunate timing for Joaquin Benoit’s second homer of the season. That pitch was his only mistake of the night.
  • I die a little inside each time I see Hank Blalock come up to the plate, especially when I see Matt Joyce with a .460 OBP in 150 minor league at bats still stuck in the minor leagues.

The Rays have now lost their third straight series in Interleague Play and are now just one game above .500 at home. They try to salvage the series tomorrow in a 12:10 1st pitch start against a lefty that changes speeds well – a formula the Rays have struggled with this season. My godson and best friend are attending the game so hopefully they can go home happy unlike me tonight. It has been so frustrating to watch this 10-17 stretch of baseball I am seriously considering taking the weekend off from baseball just to unwind. The only saving grace from tonight is Jonathan Papeldouche got lit up in a blown save so the Rays avoid falling into third place for at least one more day.

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