I'm sure this will come as a shock to all. That on Armed Forces Day, those blasted novelty camo hats would once again curse our Rays. Throughout the entire game, one could clearly see the effect those hats were having on our beloved ball club. A game that Cesar Ramos and 4 of his bullpen friends had to limp through, while CJ Wilson cruised along like a fighter jet on his way to a Complete Game Shut Out (his second ever... his first was back in 2011, also against the Rays).
And that's it. That's your recap. There were no highlights. There were no runs. There was nothing but those hats and another L.
Wait what? That can't be the whole recap? Fine.
There were a couple of at least somewhat interesting things.
- Kevin Kiermaier got the start in CF while Deezy is on the Bereavement List for a death in the family. He would go 1 for 3 with a fielder's choice (thanks Molina!) while showing off his laser rocket arm on a throw to 3rd in the bottom of the 2nd.
- During the 1.1 innings of tonight's Cesar Ramos extravaganza, it was noticed by many that he looked an awful lot like Charlie Sheen. I'm not sure if it was the hair or what, but it would not result in any "winning".
- Myers, Guyer and Loney all grounded into double plays at times when that was really not the ideal thing to do. The one in the 7th may have been the worst. CJ Wilson finally looked mortal, loading the bases, but got himself out of the ordeal on a James Loney ground ball DP on his 25th pitch of the inning.
- In the bottom of the 1st, Guyer caught an Erick Aybar sac fly and then immediately dropped it on what looked like the transition out of his glove. Not long ago, that would not have been ruled a catch. This time it was, and it prevented that inning from being a lot worse than it could have been.
- Lueke shocked the world by doing something good in the 6th. He came to the mound with the bases freshly loaded, courtesy of Juan Carlos Oviedo. His foes? None other than Michael Nelson Trout and Jose Alberto Pujols Alcantara. Despite their best efforts, Lueke would nail them both to get out of the jam.
CJ Wilson threw 127 pitches in his Complete Game Shut Out, which will allow for a pen full of fresh arms should Matt Shoemaker get himself into some early trouble tomorrow. The Rays, on the other hand, are flipping through their Rolodex seeing what Gary Glover has been up to. The Rays will put this one behind them, just like the rest of us, and hopefully ride Price to a day game victory before heading home.