I wrote a few weeks ago, complaining about MLB.tv’s new policy of (sometimes) cutting away from the TV feed during commercials to go to the dreaded ‘You are watching MLB.tv – Commercial break in progress’ screen.
Now, I can handle not seeing the ad breaks. Its not a problem. I can even just about put up with them cutting a few seconds early, and rejoining a few seconds late.
But, I’m sorry, it is just totally unacceptable to miss an entire half-inning. Yes, an entire half-inning. The feed cut last night after the Rays made the final out in the bottom of the third, and didn’t rejoin until Greg Norton came up to lead off the bottom of the fourth. And it wasn’t like the top of the fourth was a 3-pitch inning. Kaz took 8 whole pitches to retire the side – more than enough time for whoever is controlling the feed to realise – ‘hey, they’re playing baseball here!’. Making it even more frustrating is that on Monday night I watched the Texas feed for the game, complete with commercials and all. Its not good enough, frankly.
Anyhow, fortunately it didn’t harm my enjoyment of the game too much, as the Rays took a nice win. Kaz pitched well, allowing 3 runs over 6 innings, with 8 strikeouts. And the ‘pen was excellent again. Shawn Camp got the win, Dan Miceli pitched a nice 8th, and Big Seth McClung picked up his 2nd save in 2 days. It was particualry pleaing to see Seth work, as he loaded the bases before working out of it without allowing a run – a definite good sign.
On the hitting front, Greg Norton just can’t help but hit at the moment. He went 2-3, including a home run, and raised his average in the month of August to about .450 – impressive stuff. Travis Lee also homered, whilst Rocco Baldelli, Ben Zobrist and Dioner Navarro all chipped in with timely sacrifice flies to secure a 5-3 win.