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Rays 3, A's 0: DeJesus is a pretty good baseballman

Rays take first place on the back of the outfielder that nobody wanted.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Colome was a (horse pun)

So, the first inning was weird. Not Twilight Zone weird, necessarily. More like David Lynch-weird, where something is off about it but it's hard to pin down exactly what. I'm not entirely sure why Billy Burns didn't score on a flyball to center. After tripling on a flyball that flew over Souza's head (not his fault, he was positioned way in for the .038 ISO guy) Burns ended up on third with his first career 3B, breathing harder than Dennis Hopper in a respirator.

It was a whole new world for Burns at third base. The field does look so different from the left side of the diamond. Burns likely had stars in his eyes, because he refused to tag up on a ball plenty deep enough to center field that not even the vaunted Kevin Kiermaier could've gotten home in time. Everyone was surprised, and it proved to be a costly decision. The A's didn't get the ball out of the infield, stranding a lonely Burns at third. Colome, in what was a theme in last week's affair, tightrope-walked out of another tricky spot.

The fourth was a similar story for ol' Caballo. After retiring Josh Reddick and Billy Butler in order to start the inning, Colome started to lose whatever magic he's hoarded since the start of the season. Stephen Vogt-wonderful, wonderful Stephen Vogt-singled to right on a ball that barely made it past the second baseman. Max Muncy walked after an insane 10-pitch affair, and Brett Lawrie reached on a hard-hit ball that Nick Franklin misplayed as MVP SS Asdrubal Cabrera chuckled mirthlessly from the dugout. With the bases loaded all on two outs, everything seemed to unravel. The night that was held together with stitches and glue lost its integrity. Time slowed to a crawl, and reality became a sort of thick sludge. In dreams, when you need to run away, your legs never seem to work right, and you start to sink like all those men in Under the Skin. Everything was about to become horrible and terrible.

But then Sam Fuld grounded out on the first pitch so everything was fine. Really, you were overreacting. Stop being such a drama queen. The A's didn't get another hit until the ninth inning. Alex Colome wouldn't see any more stressful situations, finishing after five innings. He allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out a trio of A's. All in all an encouraging start for the workhorse.

Praise DeJesus!

Unlike the A's, the Rays were able to capitalize on opportunities. Right after the A's couldn't grab what was right there in front of them, the Rays made lemonade out of lemons. With two outs, David DeJesus doubled home a run after Evan Longoria walked to lead off the inning.

It gave the Rays a lead they wouldn't relinquish. But David DeJesus wasn't done. In the seventh:

Watch it here if you're so inclined. It went a pretty long way; it's worth seeing.

The seventh inning sure was lucky for the Rays today! (Ed. note: Lazy joke, jerkwad. Try better next time. Our commentariat deserves better than that.) Guyer, after singling, stole both second and third, putting him in position to score after Bobby Wilson knocked Edward Mujica's kneecaps clean off.

#RaysUp 3-0.

The four-headed monster shuts 'em down

It sounds strange to say, but if the Rays are going anywhere this year, it will be because of the bullpen. Thanks to the injuries to the starting pitching, the team has needed to slot 3 #5 pitchers in the rotation: Karns, Colome, and Erasmo. As a result, Kevin Cash has seen it fit to only allow those pitchers to pitch to each opponent twice, or thereabouts. Seeing a starter go five innings has become a common occurrence, and for a team that's thrived off the backs of workhorses like David Price and James Shields, it's weird to say the least. That leaves at least one more inning to pitch around half of the nights, and that vacuum is filled by the bullpen.

That's why these "trade rumors" regarding McGee are absolute bunk. Perhaps more than any other team in baseball, the Rays have a dire need for a deep bullpen. Tonight, the team showed what can such a group can do. Geltz, Jepsen, McGee, and Boxberger dominated. Kevin Jepsen allowed a two-out walk to Sam Fuld, which Bobby Wilson erased with a strike to second base to catch 'em stealing.

Brad Boxberger allowed two hits, but one of them was a bunt single so it barely counts. He closed out the game with a strikeout of Brett Lawrie on four pitches, but Lawrie probably would've swung at anything this side of the moon. This is a special bullpen, and if Steve Geltz isn't a flash-in-the-pan this could be the secret weapon that carries a team far.

The Rays sit in first place tonight, and I still don't know how it's happening.

Roll Call Info
Total comments 379
Total commenters 28
Commenter list AndrewTorrez, Brett Phillips, Brian Andersbot, Brickhaus, CSG BBR, Danny Russell, Ian Malinowski, Imperialism32, JRTW612, Mr.Jenkins, MrWizzle21, Noles95', Pocoroba, Rays Fan in NC, Rays1118, RaysProf, RazeTheRoof, SagehenMacGyver47, all pRays, dacnole, essenpee, lizzieray, magicrays,, npolackw, pudieron89 of BWA, the dobber, witty
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# Recs Commenter Comment Link
7 the dobber I like how even when he gets on base Souza manages to strike out.
4 MrWizzle21 Probably the same amount as first basemen who are worse offensively than James Loney
3 Good job by Colome not to look a gift horse in the mouth
2 would take that in a catcher though
2 Colome, or Column B?
2 Brian Andersbot It's definitely on some end of some spectrum
2 Mr.Jenkins This dude just owned you by listing his girlfriend's characteristics. I wouldn't mess with this guy.
2 AndrewTorrez 1907 is on the phone for you
2 Ian Malinowski Okay, so maybe Steven Vogt's catcher defense isn't very good.
2 JRTW612 Lol Stephen Vogt
2 Brian Andersbot Big Dentite better hold this down for Khalome. Good job on the horseman for keeping us in this thang
1 Rays1118 FUCK YEAH GUYER!!!
1 Mr.Jenkins Yes, go ahead.
1 Don't think he's gonna get to see Souza again, so I don't see that happening
1 lizzieray Damn that shift!
1 CSG BBR Is Les Nessman a trainer for the A's now?
1 Montoya was a great AAA manager, but I don't think he's a very good third base coach
1 dacnole Laurie is a disgusting individual.
1 CSG BBR Dude is pretty fast for a man carrying a piano on his back...
1 pudieron89 of BWA He's no Jameis
1 pudieron89 of BWA I've never been happier than an image was broken.
1 pudieron89 of BWA Error achieved
1 Brett Phillips Good lord this A's defense is awful
1 Jiggs Donahue
1 lizzieray Ouch.
1 CSG BBR Wilson killed the pitcher and Guyer scored while they were trying to get his body off the field
1 npolackw Home shopping network takeover
1 lizzieray He's "trying to do too much."
1 MrWizzle21 Uh no
1 AndrewTorrez you misspelled "case and a half"
1 Ian Malinowski On what was it?
1 Brett Phillips OK thanks.
1 pudieron89 of BWA MotorVogt
1 Mr.Jenkins This guy just doesn't GET Fatnasty baseball.
1 pudieron89 of BWA [no title]
1 pudieron89 of BWA [no title]
1 Just get me an amazon gift card thank you very much
1 Lou Caputo is kinda scary
1 pudieron89 of BWA Remember, he's a writer.
1 pudieron89 of BWA It's pretty elite, I mean we only made exceptions for VIPs like you and that redneck hick.
1 pudieron89 of BWA I'd like Ian to acknowledge my genuine baseball contribution here.
1 Mr.Jenkins **Feels the need to defend himself over global warming accusations.**
1 Brian Andersbot Dear Beejus, having a family is exhausting
1 and is that not the most fucked up idiom in the english language
1 Rays1118 theres a long list below him honestly. loney best glove in mlb. maybe hosmer and rizzo a little better
1 essenpee Dating the most amazing girl now
1 pudieron89 of BWA Got us a BARNBURNER here guys.
1 .
1 the dobber I ran computational fluid dynamics studies of a liquid jet impinging on various patterned surfaces.
1 pudieron89 of BWA Glad you care about this enough to remember back to that. All I remember about you is your obesity and poor choice in dates.
1 Mr.Jenkins He's a very good pitcher. Not someone to really joke about.