Saturday, August 22, 2009
Rays Win in 10
This will be the shortest game summary I ever write… On the day that his friend from college succumbed to cancer, Carlos Pena dedicated the game to him and he came through big time. Matt Garza was sharp, pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs. Another solid start and another no decision. His record sits at 7-8 with a 3.74 ERA. He is 10th in the AL with 137 Ks. JP Howell blew his 6th save when he served up a solo homer to Marlon Byrd with two outs in the 9th inning. Grant Balfour added a scoreless inning in the tenth and snagged the victory and Carlos Pena provided the heroics. He already had two homeruns on the day when he came up in the bottom of the tenth and delivered a walk-off single to score Evan Longoria. He finished the day with 4 RBI to bring his total to 84 to go along with 34 homeruns. It was a fitting tribute to a good friend who left this world way too soon. Rays win in 10!