If that game wasn’t worth the wait, I don’t know what is. Seriously, it was almost 2 in the morning in Philadelphia when Eric Bruntlett scored the winning run in the Phillies’ 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, and I was wide awake taking it all in. I’m sure you were, too.
Here are some thoughts:
* What can you say about Jamie Moyer? Dude’s going to be 46 years old next month and flat-out did his job. Too bad he didn’t get that call on the diving play at first base. He deserved it, right?
* This following clip is something that we’ve all been waiting for and something the Rays probably don’t want to see again this October.
* Either credit the Phillies’ pitching or say the Rays’ hitters left their bats in the American League Championship Series, because Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena have been absolutely silent so far in this World Series. They better get that figured out soon.
Good matchup coming tonight in Game 4, with two crafty right-handers in Tampa Bay’s Andy Sonnanstine and Philly’s Joe Blanton. Neither guy can overpower hitters, so they rely on location, deception and old-fashioned moxie. I like watching guys like that.
Let me know what you think.
We will have to wait until the 5th inning tongight, when they Rays have gone at least twice through their order to get a sense of if there wil be a Game 6. For there to be a Game 6, three things have to happen tonight:
The Rays 3-4 batters have to wake up. Evan Longoria is 0-16 in the Wrold series after playing pinball with the White Sox and Red Sox. Carlos Pena is only a walk better than Longoria on here, but both have strauck out an amazing 15 strikeouts in 29 combined at bats.
Scott Kazmir has to come out like the 2007 Strikeout king and not the pitching spot guy he has become in 2008. I think that is the one thing that Kazmir has done to hurt his pitching this year, he is throwing to a spot instead of throwing lightning towards the plate.
The defense has to settle down and make plays that are routine to this team. The Rays have made 11 errors in this World Series. For there to be a Game6, they have to be perfect tonight.
Unfortunately I will not be in the stands for tonight’s event as I had to travel back to Tampa Bay this morning for some business.
Hopefully we can get a Game 6 out of tonight’s contest. But even if we do not, it has been an incredible ride this year for the upstart Rays, and they will have noting to be ashamed of on or off the field.
I swear after last night I am going to go to Vegas the next time I get a dream like that about a World Series game. I just posted a blog with the MLB rule book interpretations for Suspended Games if you wanted to check it out.
With an abbreviated game, we might see David Price start this bottom of the 6th and work it as a start. It might be our only chance to hold onto another game.
If not, Gonzo, This October has been truly a magicial season. And I want to publicly thank you and MLB for all the great coverage. You never know when you last game will be, so you always go out prepared.
This has been an “E” ticket ride for the Rays and myself this year, and MLBlogs has been there with me………..Again thank you a million for everything.