SP Scott Kazmir turned in his best performance of the season exactly when the Rays needed him to. Kazmir showed a glimpse of the old “Scotty K”. Kaz outpitched Yankee SP Sabathia through 7 strong innings. He gave up 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 free pass while striking out 4. Considering Kazmir’s struggles the last few years he was really the story of the game. I don’t think many people, including myself, gave him much of a chance to hold the Bronx Bombers bats quiet considering his poor performances to this point in the season. I am so HAPPY he proved me and a bunch of others WRONG! Nice job Scotty K!
The Ray offense backed Kaz’s strong performance by belting out 10 hits, half of which were for extra bases. Evan Longoria launched a towering HR to LF for his 20th of the season. Carl Crawford and Ben Zobrist each tripled and scored. BJ Upton and Gabe Kapler each knocked out 2 base hits to add to the extra base hit total.
The thing that was really impressive for me in this game was the clear sense of urgency and the high level of intensity the Rays put off. These guys played a stellar defense and hustle every step of the way between the lines. THAT is what this team needs the rest of the season!
The final game of this 3 game set takes on a whole new meaning after this victory. It is an opportunity for the Rays to pick up a game on the Yankees and win this series. SP Matt Garza MUST keep the ball in the park period. If he does I say we win this game. If not it’ll be a struggle for the Rays. See you at The Trop!