Effective Change, Two Bombs & Friendly Gods

April 6th, 2016

JoeRaysMugVictory! For a while there it felt like the Rays were going down again tonight and might go winless all season.

How bout moving Logan Forsythe to leadoff already paying off big.

It was Forsythe’s two-run, eighth-inning, opposite-field homer that locked up the 3-2 win against the Jays at the FruitDome. As hitting coach Derek Shelton said during spring training, moving Forsythe was all about getting an excellent hitter another 70 at bats a year.

Tonight was one of those — and a big one.

Corey Dickerson’s towering bomb to right field was the opening run, one of the few times a Rays hitter turned on Aaron Sanchez’s blistering fastball.

Alex Colome had a shaky but effective two-inning victory. The bullpen gets a strong grade (B+?) through three games, and was needed again tonight, as Jake Odorizzi gassed himself after 5 2/3 innings.

In the spirit of victory, Joe’s going to ignore the three-ring circus act of newcomer Logan Morrison at first base. He’s also a cool 0-for-9 on the season.

Yes, the baseball gods shined on the Rays courtesy of a correct, ninth-inning replay call that rightfully handed them a double play with the bases full of Jays. Remember that, Rays fans, the next time you bitch about replay and rule changes.


Leave a Reply