I hated the 8th.
After 7 great innings from Norris, Gibby brings in Roberto Osuna. Osuna gets 2 nice strikeouts and then give up a soft single. Gibby brings in Cecil to get the lefty David DeJesus. I disagreed with the move at the moment, but you could understand it. Cecil gave up a soft single. It really was just a ground ball, but it missed the fielders, it wasn't hit hard at all.
Out goes Cecil, in goes Castro comes in and, well the guy hasn't looked good of late. He gave up a hard hit double to James Loney and a second hard hit double to Tim Beckham. I thought it was a home run. It hit the very top of the wall, but bounced back. It didn't matter, homer or not, it was enough to win the Rays the game.
I think it is time to give up on Castro as closer.
I was hoping for a good start from Norris, but I didn't expect it would be that good. 7 innings, just 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Just 1 earned run and it wasn't very earned. In the first inning he walked Steven Souza on a full count pitch that everyone, even Souza thought was a strike, then, an out later, Evan Longoria popped one down the right field line, just out of reach of Devon Travis, that landed on the foul line. Travis took his eye off the ball, when reaching for it on the hop and it went off his glove, allowing Souza to score easy. Travis made up for it by getting to the ball quick and making a great throw to third to get Longoria.
On offense it looked like we did enough. Back to back doubles by Travis and Josh Donaldson in the first. And then a solo homer for Russell Martin in the 7th. We should have scored more.
I have to run out but I'll guess that JoDs go to Norris, Travis, Donaldson and Martin. Suckage to Castro and Edwin.