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Home » April 2009 Game CommentsMay 2009 » Triskaidekaphobic


Game 22: April 30, 2009
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L: Josh Beckett (2-2)
14-8, 1 game losing streak
W: Matt Garza (2-2)
9-14, 1 game winning streak
Highlights: Terry Francona executed a perfect single switch in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Van Every made like that other Jonathan and closed out the game while Javier Lopez took over in right field. Perhaps like other players that play in that part of the field Lopez will take a little break from baseball activities.

It says a lot when the worst thing about the game was a choice between Buck Martinez’s analysis, the ridiculous din of cowbells, or Matt Garza nearly nabbing a perfect game against your team. I wished that the cowbells were loud enough to drown out Martinez’s prattle about Garza’s almost perfect game, but knowing that Rays fans reveled in their self-created hullabaloo made it a half-hearted inclination.

That was cute when Tropicana’s sound booth crew played “You Had a Bad Day” when Jason Bay flubbed a catch in the bottom of the fifth. He had done the same in the inning prior, too, so of course the Rays employees piled on.

Wasn’t it a bit cheeky of Jacoby Ellsbury to call off Bay for the last out of the fifth? I know, I know, the center fielder captains the outfield, but it was more in the district of Bayville than Ellsburyton. Just a touch of gerrymandering in the outfield given Bay’s troubles, I supppose.

Michel Hernandez, the Rays backup catcher, pronounces his given name like the First Lady’s name. He really needs to use “Michelle” for his at bat music.

This game was so bad I actually cheered when Julio Lugo made routine outs for the second and third outs of the fourth inning.

Enough about that game. It makes me madder than Dustin Pedroia getting called out at first because of lazy umpiring (seventh inning).

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