Evan Longoria made his return tonight going 1-4 with a double. It still seems as Evan is trying to only hit the long ball, but it was good to see him go opposite field for the double. Carl Crawford contiuned his slump going 0-4 with a strike out. He looks as if he is pressuring himself to make plays for the team. C.C. needs to be more of a situational hitter for the Rays to make the team more successful.
What Went Right:
Joe Maddon’s decision to pinch hit for Gabe Gross in the sixth could not have been more crucial. Putting in Ben Zobrist, who hit the game winning grand slam, could of helped gain him more playing time in RF. Which makes all of us here at Trop Talk a lot happier.
Carlos Pena yet again hit another homerun making his total up to five. C-Pain looks locked in and in the zone for every at-bat he takes. If him and Longo can be locked in at the same time that will be a deadly 3-4 punch in the line-up.
B.J Upton showed why he deserves to be a Gold Glove canadite yet again with another great over the sholder catch. Also B.J had another great bunt for a hit. The Rays need him to get on more to get him running on the base paths.
What Went Wrong:
It seems that every time Troy Percival steps on the mound we want to have a heart attack. Giving up a hit and a walk in a one run game is unacceptable. Yet again we vote for the closer by committee.
Pat Burrell is looking more like a seven million dollar loss than a gain. He continues to struggle at the plate. We wonder if he is going to turn it around anytime soon.
Also the Rays left seven runners on base. The continued struggles of leaving runners in scoring postion seems to be a lingering problem. All it takes is one extra two out hit to blow a game open.
The third game of the series features two top leftys. With Mark Buehrle facing off against Scott Kazmir. The game starts at 7:08 P.M EST.