Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I'm sure Martinez felt like he could exhale
I'm sure Martinez felt like he could exhale, and sure enough, he dominated Molina, who turned in perhaps the worst at bat I've ever seen from a major league hitter. (A description can be found in the notes. Only read it if you're feeling brave.)Yunel Escobar lead off the third inning for the Rays, and he immediately turned the Rays lineup over with a home run to left-center field.Tissue Paper Honeycomb Ball Now remember that the Rays likely knew very little about Nick Martinez going into this game, so some adjustment period was to be expected. Rays fans were cheered, then, by David DeJesus drawing a four-pitch walk the second time through the lineup.Burberry Samsung Galaxy S4 9500 Case The next two pitches to Wil Myers were also balls, and that brought Mike Maddox scurrying out to the the mound to talk to his young starter. Whatever he said was golden, since he got Martinez to throw strikes, and to produce a double-play grounder.
Eventually David Price settled into the game and shut the Rangers down,China Wheel Forks but that didn't come till after the fourth inning. Robinson Chirinos lead off the fourth, and Price hit him. Martin bunted Cheerios to second, which brought up the blessed Wilson, who was able to plop a bloop single between Zobrist,Abercrombie Cap-AF30048China Hydraulic Dirt Buckt Myers, and Loney in shallow right field. Choo brought the runner at third home with a sac fly.The Rays offense did get to their young opponent in the bottom of the fourth though. Loney took his walk (after seeing a bid for another double fall just foul). With two outs, Matt Joyce was given a chance to drives in runs once more, and this time he did not miss his pitch. It was a changeup that hung in the zone, and even though he was a bit out in front, he was able to keep it fair (the distance was never in question). Jose Molina ended the inning once more.