DEVIL RAYS: 4
This one was frustrating. I mean, there's nothing wrong with having a hard time against Josh Johnson. The guy's good. But the Devil Rays managed to knock him out in the 7th, down only one run, and still couldn't win. They should have been able to do it several times over. The Devil Rays, 1-11 with RISP, had opportunities, and did not capitalize. I shouldn't be this mad about losing the rubber match of a series the Devil Rays won handily, but this game was maddening. So many chances to win it, without actually winning it, you kind of got the sense watching it that the Devil Rays were just sort of counting down time until the inevitable happened. In the 11th, it did, and that's that.
This, in a game in which the Rays lost Akinori Iwamura, who'd had a very good game, to a knee injury (a hard slide into 2nd by Coghlin caught Aki's planted left leg--a clean play; if anybody deserves blame, it's Dan Wheeler for putting the throw on the first-base side of the bag). We await an MRI, but it didn't look good.
Another series against the Indians, a very beatable team, coming up. Is it too much to hope for a sweep? Probably, but I still expect the Rays to win it.
A longer post when I'm less irritated.
I was prepared earlier this morning to put something more together, but now I'm mad all over again. So, I'm just gonna leave this thing as it is, in deference to lessons I learned as a child.