Friday, April 13, 2007

Horrible Baserunning and Bullpen Lead to Loss

Casey Fossum pitched 7 great innings for the Rays allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits and leaving the game down 2-0. The Devil Rays led by Ty Wigginton and Carlos Pena tied it up in the 8th and went into the 9th all tied up. What looked like a promising inning against on the games best closers, turned into one of the worst base running plays i have ever seen. Ben Zobrist led the inning of with a single and Carl Crawford followed that up by lacing a shot into right field. Crawford, who had his head down, raced around second unaware that Zobrist had no chance to score on the play. Zobrist tried to run home to save Crawford at third and preserve one man on base, but was caught in a rundown and CC was thrown out at second trying to retreat to allow Zobrist back to third. Instead of having two runners in scoring position with no outs or at worst one man on 3rd base with one out, the Rays had no one on and 2 outs. Joe Nathan got the final out of the inning and you just knew the Twins were going to win. Joe Maddon trotted Brian Stokes back onto the mound for his second inning of work and he proceeded to give up the game winning home run to Justin Morneau, the first batter he faced. The Rays had their chances and blew them, these are the types of games the Rays cannot afford to lose, they just are not good enough.

Tomorrow is a battle of the Aces with Johan Santana (2-0 2.77 ERA) going up against Scott Kazmir (0-1 6.75). This game should be a great pitchers duel and fun to watch. I can see a combined 30 K's between these two starters.

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