There are times when baseball is just fun for the offensive side of a team. This was one of those days for the Tampa Bay Rays. At least it was for one inning. The San Diego Padres brought up a promising young pitcher to face them in Saturday’s matchup and he was one that really likes throwing the fastball. For the first inning that was alright but in inning number two things were a little too predictable for the Rays.
Starting with James Loney they knew what was coming and teed off. Loney hit a ball so hard it looked like it might lodge in the roof and back wall of the stadium. It was a giant line drive. The six run second was all they managed however. The Rays are a good team but not one that is invincible with a big lead. They gave today’s up in fact but their star Evan Longoria did what he is paid to do.
Longoria is the man for the Rays. Even if he doesn’t lead the team in all offensive categories, he is the go-to clutch hitter that the other team doesn’t want to face as the winning or tying run. That happened today and Longoria ended the game and bailed out the Rays after they lost the big lead and were one out away from losing the game. Bingo that is why he is there. You might want to think about walking a guy like Longoria in that spot next time fellas. He is as clutch as they come and since he is healthy again this year look for much more of this kind of showing.