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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Ji-Man Choi and the Masters of the Walkoff

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing made sense about Game 1 of this series against Cleveland. The Rays Opener Diego Castillo lasted longer than one of the favorites for the 2018 Cy Young Award. The Rays knocked out Corey Kluber in the 2nd inning.

That was not supposed to happen.

And then the Rays, normally great bullpen, was not quite as sharp. Starting with the Bulk Guy Jalen Beeks. Beeker made some good pitches in key spots, but he wasn’t the normally fairly sharp pitcher we have all come to expect. It’s okay, because this Rays bullpen has been money all year. Also money, usually, the Rays defense. Well, again, not last night, with some minor mistakes, and plays just missed leading to multiple runs.

That was also not supposed to happen.

And then the Cleveland baseball club’s very, very good bullpen basically struck out the Rays for most of the rest of the game. Brad Hand, the former great Closer for the San Diego Padres and current great relief ace in Cleveland came in shut the door. After a tough, close at bat from Tommy Pham and a dribble seeing eye single the other way to survive with two outs, it was up to a lefty on lefty matchup. Ji-Man Choi vs Brad Hand. All Star vs the guy the Rays traded Brad Miller for.

None of this was supposed to happen.

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