With two outs, Adrian Beltre then doubled and J.D. Drew was walked intentionally. But on his 60th pitch of the game, 12 more than his previous career high, Valverde retired Mike Cameron on a called third strike with a splitter."That's a pretty gutsy pitch," Francona said. "I would have been looking for a fastball, too."
The pitcher pounded his right fist on the mound and catcher Gerald Laird punched the air as the ball broke over the plate."I just didn't get it done," said Cameron, who struck out in his last three at-bats, twice against Valverde. "One of those rough nights. Threw a good pitch."
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After watching Mike Cameron (shown at right) let Jose Valverde's hanging splitter, which was about in a normal right-handers wheelhouse, go by for a called strike three, I may have overreacted in tweeting "Mike Cameron is the worst kind of human being."
This is a tough loss, coupled with the Yankees adding power in Lance Berkman and Austin Kearns, and the Rays getting the Chad Qualls Reclamation Project for nothing.
The Rays beating the Yanks might actually be a bad thing, as well. We're better off letting one of them run away with the division, and given the Yanks' existing lead, it should be them. We're now 6.5 back in the wild card standings.
On page 2, Lowell mashes and still isn't activated.