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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Rays’ road win streak ends in a weird 3-2 loss to A’s

Its a shame about Rays.

“What am I going to say right now?” Balfour asked aloud. “All the things I’m not supposed to say, or the things you want to hear? … What do you want out of me? You want the truth? Or just want hear whatever you (expletive deleted) want to hear?”

Balfour had just blown another game, allowing the winning run on an 0-2 single by Derek Norris with two outs and the bases loaded, scoring former Ray Sam Fuld, who reached on an 0-2 single, with two walks in between.

But there also was a checked swing called on what would have been strike three on Josh Donaldson that wasn’t called the Rays’ way — leading to manager Joe Maddon’s ejection, and blasting of the umps — and a popup that dropped in foul territory between Rays first baseman Sean Rodriguez and rightfielder Kevin Kiermaier, both extending the at-bat that led to the bases-loading walk….

The Rays still had runners at first and third with one out, and Maddon sent up one of his best bunters, Brandon Guyer, to take one swing then try their signature safety squeeze play. Guyer reached for a Sean Doolittle pitch that was too high and bunted it right back to the mound, and Doolittle flipped to Norris to get Rodriguez.

Though Guyer’s effort was admirable, his decision was bad. “The point is to take it,” Maddon said. “You don’t have to bunt it. That’s part of the play.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, grant balfour, rays, safety squeeze

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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:11 AM (#4764591)
This is what the Rays get for succumbing to the allure of the proven closer. Should have stuck to taking shitty or cromulent relievers, sticking them in the closer's role, and letting the pixie dust do its thing.
   2. dr. scott Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4764692)
the article forgot to mention that the Rays didnt really have much of a chance because of the Ralley Possum.
   3. Danny Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4764757)
I don't know what it should be, but there should be some sort of rule (or at least guidance) as to when a swing becomes a swing.

While it may just be the difficulty of seeing it from so far away, the outcome of most close check-swing appeals seem nearly random. Has anyone ever studied how often they're called strikes?
   4. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4764758)
An article that's basically a game summary?

Better be careful; some of the whiny-ass little bittch-boys around here might get their panties all in a twist.
   5. DKDC Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4764780)
Balfour has to be hurt, right? His command/power/deception peripherals have all fallen off a cliff.
   6. dr. scott Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4764803)
Ive never tracked it, but I tend to call it the same as the umpire about 90% of the time once I see the replay. I have always been told that the bat cannot "break" or cross the plane of the plate. I get the feeling that this is just a rule of thumb, and not in the rulebook. it would be pretty straight forward to come up with a rule, but it would be a series of criteria, not just one I imagine. I'm always confused about the bunt "check". When is an unsuccessful bunt attempt a swinging strike?
   7. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4764813)
An article that's basically a game summary?

Better be careful; some of the whiny-ass little bittch-boys around here might get their panties all in a twist.


Guess we can add thinly-veiled misogyny/homophobia to our extensive list of Joey B's wonderful qualities.

To address his point: This summary is of a far more interesting game than Joey B posted about the other day, and unlike Joey, the poster didn't alter the headline to suit the poster's own personal axe-grinding.

Of course, Joey knows this, but because he's a shitstain on the BBTF fabric, he chooses to ignore it. He posts nothing except (1) posts bemoaning political threads, in political threads, while taking political potshots at "red diaper doper babies" in the process; (2) Nationals homerism/trashing the Braves as "rednecks" (as noted elsewhere, he shouldn't criticize rednecks, as his political party of choice would be a non-entity without their votes), or in the alternative, trashing "Rickey!" as a psychopath, and (3) self-pitying crap like that seen in post 4.

I realize any BBTF regular knows all this, but thought, in a particularly idle moment, it'd be fun to neatly encapsulate it all into a single post. (In retrospect, it was a little too easy.) Carry on.
   8. dr. scott Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4764898)
The A's had no power yesterday. Cobb may have "struggled", but he only gave up 1 really hard hit ball as I recall. its hard to drive in runners without doubles, triples and HR. also, it looks like the A's triumvirate of catching may be starting to regress to expectations. Jaso and Vogt are hitless in the last 7 days and Norris has lost most all of his power in the last 28 days. If these trends continue the angles may easily overtake the A's in the next week.
   9. TerpNats Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4765013)
Joey, on behalf of Nats fans such as myself, cool it. Please?
   10. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4765032)
As an A's fan, I check for Alex Cobb under my bed at night. He seems to have their number, along with King Felix, Wei-Yin Chen, and C.B. Bucknor.
   11. Rickey! Filipino Diving Team Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4765124)
Joey, on behalf of Nats fans such as myself, cool it. Please?


True fact; I've actually started to like the rest of you ####### more because you're stuck with Joey. Well, at least feel sorry for you.
   12. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:25 PM (#4765127)
Awesome possum!
   13. Squash Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4765185)
Balfour has to be hurt, right? His command/power/deception peripherals have all fallen off a cliff.

Perhaps this is why the A's didn't re-sign him in the offseason, even though many people here were quite sure they were the biggest idiots in the world for not doing so.

That being said, the guy they got to replace him didn't exactly pan out either.
   14. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4765187)
That being said, the guy they got to replace him didn't exactly pan out either.

Heh. No, I guess not.
   15. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:02 PM (#4765199)
it'd be fun to neatly encapsulate it all into a single post


You forgot anti-Semitism. He's good at that too.
   16. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4765205)
You forgot anti-Semitism. He's good at that too.

Hm. Must've missed that.
   17. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4765211)
I sure didn't.
   18. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4765251)
Care to summarize?

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