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Happy Baseball, Rays fans! Today is the first televised game of 2012. And thus, the first game review of 2012. For today we will use the 2011 formula for these things. The new formula will debut on opening day! Jeff Neimann is on the mound today, how did he do? Did the Rays get their first win of the Spring? Lets go!
It's good to see that Rays defense again. In the top of the first, S-rod picked up a slow dribbler to Short and FIRED it to Pena (good hear that name again in relation to the Rays) for the last out of the half inning. Rays offense had a break through in the 3rd with 2 outs. Desmond then Sean Rod got two straight singles. Another break through in the 5th with 1 out. 2 back to back singles by Feliciano and Mangini. Ryan Reid looked impressive in relief going 2 innings of shut down baseball. In the 8th, Jose Lobaton threw out a runner attempting to become the owner of the Twins 3rd stolen base of the game. In the bottom half, Stephen Vogt lead off the inning with a double up the right field line. Elliot Johnson drove him in with a ball hit to left that was an error by the Twins left fielder. Lobaton drove in Elliot to bring the Rays within a run.
In Neimann's two innings, he looked like the Neimann of 2011. You know, the one who struggled to get outs and not give up hits? He went 2 IP on 30 pitches and gave up an error on 2 hits. So not horrible, but he doesn't look like the dominate Neimann we know and love. Easy come easy go for S-Rod, he committed an error in the Top of the 3rd allowing 2 runs to score. Rays got two runners on with 1 or 2 outs 3 times and failed to score any of those times.
This was a well played game by the Rays in the last third of the game. Overall the offense didn't show up and hit hurt the Rays again. Rays end up losing their fourth straight game to start Spring. This game got exciting at the end but lacked throughout. Anyway, it's only Spring. Let's get some wins. (Though wins here don't mean anything.)