That curveball was really working for him and he looked great striking out Rays hitters. He was in line for a nice win if he’d only hung in there instead of going all wild on us in the seventh, hitting two batters and having to leave the game. A shame, but I think he pitched well enough to warrant another start.
Also a shame that the relievers couldn’t do their jobs, nor could our offense – not counting the now-legendary Z Man. Is he that good or is it just that other teams don’t have a strategy for pitching to him yet?
It’s always a shame to lose on Old Timers’ Day. There’s such tradition and history at the ballpark when the former stars come out in their uniforms, doughier bodies and gray hair. But it wasn’t meant to be this time. As I’ve said and despite yesterday’s seven runs, this team does not have a powerhouse offense and they’ll have to try a more National League-style approach if they have a prayer of keeping up in the division.