Full game summary of tonight’s event has been posted over at Draysbay, Sb Nation’s official Rays blog. While there is much more to the post (and fan comments after the post), these words from Erik Hahmann deserved highlighting:
There’s really not much else to say. Matt Garza was nearly perfect tonight. On national television. In a Rays uniform. Of course, he was helped out by the bat of Matt Joyce After being held hitless for 5.2 IP by Max Scherzer, the Rays loaded the bases with Joyce at the plate. After working the count full, Joyce blasted a grand slam into the right field seats, letting Rays fans breathe a big sigh of relief. The Rays also made some fine defensive plays to keep the no-no intact. Ben Zobrist made a running/leaping grab in right field, and Carl Crawford caught a ball in the 8th inning that he nearly lost in the lights.
After being on the wrong end of three no hitters in the past year, it feels FANTASTIC to get to see what it feels like on the other side.