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Joel Peralta’s early entry for cheap save of the year

May 4, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

Joel Peralta AP

Joel Peralta got one out as the Rays beat the A’s 7-2 on Friday. In this case, that was good enough to get him a save.

Peralta qualified for the save since the tying run was on deck as he entered. Brandon Gomes gave up a leadoff homer to Cliff Pennington in a 7-1 game to start the ninth and then allowed a single, hit a batter and walked another in the process of recording two outs. Peralta entered with the bases loaded and got Kila Ka’aihue, a .229 career hitter, to ground out to first to end the game.

Between Peralta and Fernando Rodney, the Rays have 11 saves this season, but four of them have been of the one- or two-out variety. In just two of the saves has the reliever protected a one-run lead for one or more innings.

  1. NJgriffNC - May 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Hilarious. Definitely gonna be leading the save-of-the-year charge all season. Interesting points at the end about the Rays’ saves. Great article.

  2. bobdira - May 5, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Good to see there are only 2 Rays haters out there so far. After they beat down your team, I guess it’s ok to hate on em. Whoda thunk it?? OH, and “great article” my ass.

  3. tonytega79 - May 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    I know Oakland is having a bad year, but you hafta start getting excited as a Rays fan. This is becoming a month where all the bounes (literrally) are going their way. Is it to the point where we stop talking about the Rays being a nice story and start talking about them being good?

    • ray1950 - May 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      A lot depends on how Tampa fares with Longoria out. They are good but losing that kind of player for an extended period of time is tough on any team.

  4. gotampabay52 - May 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Hate on us we are playing the best ball right now next victum please

    • cur68 - May 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Ok, well done with capitalization at the beginning of the sentence. Now that we’ve found Mr. Shift Key lets try Mr. Period, Mr. Exclamation Mark, and Mr. Question Mark, what say?

      This is all about meaning, right? See, if you want to convey some outrage here, perhaps a soupçon of incredulity at the temerity of some people, then you could try a couple of Mr. Question Mark to open that post, then make with a dash of Mr. Exclamation to follow, then the calm assertiveness of Mr. Period to close. Like this…

      Hate on us??? We are playing the best ball right now! Next victum(sic), please.

      Also, I know we’ve been over this before, so I don’t mean to harp, but a little right click on that red underlined “victum” and our spell checker could have offered a correct spelling for us…”victim”, eh?

      Hope this helps, urteamsux52 gotampabay52. By the way, since you play for the Rays, what position do you field and where in the order do you bat?

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