June 11, 2008
Kazmir, who got the L, pitched a great game. Kaz started the game by retiring 14 consecutive batters before giving up a HR to Matthews with 2 outs in the fifth. Kaz pitched 6 2/3 surrendering 3 earned runs on 6 hits and striking out 10. He pitched very accurately; placing 82 of his 117 pitches in the strike zone (bear in mind he intentionally walked Guerrero and had 2 obvious strikes called balls in the 7th so you can deduce that he could potentially have thrown 86 or 87 strikes (that's 75% or 3 out of every 4 pitches being strikes)).
Aki led-off the game with a nice triple and was quickly pushed across the plate by Crawford, giving the Rays a nice jump-start in a game where scoring opportunities were going to be at a premium.
Dirtbag hit another double.
Joe Maddon calling for an intentional walk of Guerrero when firstbase was already occupied (see post from yesterday).
Umpire Derryl Cousins cost Kaz and the Rays a win by giving Willits a BB after clearly being struck-out not once inthe AB but twice (at the time the Rays led 2-1). All events following this gaffe were a direct result of this phenominal screw-up.
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