Postgame interview with Joe Maddon
Rays manager preaches patience after winning Game 2
It seems the old baseball adage, you get good play on the field, you come back up the next inning you get a hit. Did that seem to be the case with Bartlett and Aki in the fifth?JOE MADDON: It kind of did. We've been playing good defense all year. Loved the defensive play toward the end of the game there against Konerko, the way we turned it. The catch by Fernando early in the game on the foul ball, that's big, because that saves pitches. Our defense has been like that all year. We've had the clutch hit when it's been necessary. And Aki's home run to left center, that ball was well struck. That low, bassy sound when it left the bat. But those guys, Jason has done a wonderful job. He's been very hot with the bat over the last month or so. We're just playing. I like the attitude. I like the way we're going about our business. Another wonderful game tonight. Talk about Peña and Longoria, the sluggers, they have the gloves. Bartlett is a big glove at short. Talk about Aki, he doesn't get the publicity of those guys, what has he brought to this team?
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