If the Rays make the postseason, they can point to last nights 4-2 win over the Angels as emblematic of how and why.
An opposing pitcher, Ervin Santana, who was ablaze, and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
A shaky start by starter James Shields; the Angels lineup smacked him around early.
An absolutely unconscionable call by umpire Jerry Meals at first base that killed a rally. B.J. Upton, whos had a tough couple of weeks, was the victim.
The ejection of manager Joe Maddon (after arguing that abysmal call).
And some other stuff that doesnt readily come to mind.
For more than two-thirds of the game, it looked as if the Rays would end up putting this one in the loss column not the end of the world, because the Angels are one of the best teams in baseball but they kept their composure and gritted out a win. Because: