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Oh yeah, this stuff happened too:

  • A first inning RBI double by BJ Upton, driving in Desmond Jennings who reached on a walk…that certainly didn’t suck.
  • Evan Longoria sent a two run blast to left field in the bottom of the third which drove in the go ahead runs, giving the Rays a lead they would never relent.
  • A frustrated Joe Girardi losing his cool and getting ejected…priceless. I’m guessing he losing his cool had more to do with the frustration of a team that allowed a 10 game lead in the middle of July dwindle down to nothing by the end of the night. Maybe he should call Francona for some sagely advice.
  • Back to back homers for Desmond Jennings and BJ Upton! Upton went yard twice in two days and that’s, well…awesome! That his homers were crushed to center both days is icing on the cake. Hmm, I suspect that there were enough fans in the stands both days. You know, or else those balls would have fallen short. I digress…
  • Cobber really bounced back after a rough first inning, ultimately retiring the last 14 hitters in a row. Cobb posted a 7 IP/4 H/2 R/2 ER/1 BB/5 K line, on 97 pitches (68 for strikes). He also posted a 75% GB/FB%. With the exception of a first inning pitch that he left up in the zone, which…ahem, ultimately found its way to the outfield seats, Cobb kept the ball down, inducing ground out after ground out. Let’s assume that Niemann came back healthy following his stint in the DL; if it came down to a battle over who’d get the last spot on post-season roster, I’d easily choose Cobb, especially after what he’s done since the beginning of August.
  • With that 5-2 win over the Bronx Bummers, the Rays find themselves back in second place behind the Yankees and O’s who are tied for first. And how about Rodney?! 42 saves, and a 0.71 ERA…that’s straight up incredible.
  • Oh yeah, the Rays have won yet another series against those rubes in the AL East. They’re now 10-1 against the Yankees in their last 11 games at the Trop, extending back to the 2011 miracle season.
  • The Yankees were held to six hits or less for fifth straight game, their longest such streak since 1990.

The Rays smell the blood in the water, and now they’re only 1.5 games back, both in the East and in the wildcard race!

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