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That’s it. The Rays lost. I think it was 12-2. I’m not 100% sure as I spent the last two innings with my head banging against my desk. This might have been the ugliest game the Rays have played all year from beginning to end. The good news is that David Price is on the bump tomorrow.

[EARLIER] For the first time since last Saturday, the Rays are not playing a do-or-die game. As usual, follow along here as we will post all the important updates and highlights in this post. Think of it like the morning Screencaps post, but in real-time…

Before we get to the first inning, let’s check in with today’s crowd at Fenway Park which is certainly overflowing. Wait. What’s that? Lots of empty seats? But, but…

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FIRST INNING

The Rays went down 1-2-3 in the first inning with all three batters striking out. That sounds awful, but many pitchers will tell you that they hate striking out the side in the first inning. They think it is a bad sign as they are peaking too early. Most pitchers want to ease into a game and don’t get comfy until innings 3-4.

In the bottom of the first, Matt Moore hit Shane Victorino and he showed that the Sox are going to be aggressive on the basepaths with Lobaton behind the plate, stealing second easily.

SECOND INNING

Evan Longoria struck out to start the second. But then two batters later, and just after Lester thought he had struck out Sean Rodriguez , Hot Rod went deep. VERY deep…

And in the bottom of the second, Hot Rod made a diving grab. Unfortunately, thanks to TBS cameras, this is the best shot I could get…

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Moore did have a 2-out walk, but go out of the inning with no further damage.

THIRD INNING

The Rays went down 1-2-3 in the third, but did have a couple of deep fly balls suggesting Lester’s pitches are up and the Rays are starting to get their timing and just missing. In other words, with the middle of the order due, another home run might not be far behind.

Meanwhile, Moore is keeping his pitches down and has 4 groundball outs to just 2 flyball outs.

FOURTH INNING

And sure enough, Lester leaves another ugly pitch up in the zone and Ben Zobrist CRUSHED it. This is what I was talking about in the third inning…

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In the bottom of the fourth, Wil Myers appeared to be ready to grab a David Ortiz flyball when he was apparently called off by somebody in the stands. Just brutal…

Three batters later, Johnny Gomes drives in two runs with a double high off the Monster. Gomes then scored from second on an infield single and then Drew scored when Rodriguez misplayed a ball off the wall. Rays down 4-2.
In the end there was a misplayed flyball, a bad cover at first base, a misplay off the wall, and a passed ball, leading to 5 runs. And yet, there were no errors. Horrible.

FIFTH INNING

Last thing the Rays needed at this point was to give Lester an easy inning and that’s exactly what they did, going 1-2-3 on just 11 pitches.

Red Sox add 3 more in the bottom of the fifth knocking Moore out of the game. After a brief appearance by Wesley Wright, Chris Archer is in to eat innings.

SIXTH INNING

Another 1-2-3 inning for the Rays, this one on just eight pitches. Lester has now retired eight straight batters on just 21 pitches.

Rays finally get an easy inning with the Red Sox at the plate, with Archer putting them down 1-2-3.

SEVENTH INNING

Both teams now look like they just want the game to be over and move on to tomorrow. The Rays went down 1-2-3 (again) and then Alex Torres put the Sox down 1-2-3.

EIGHTH INNING

The Rays finally knock Jon Lester out of the game after he walked a pair of batters. But the Rays don’t score and it is still 8-2.

Jamey Wright is on for the Rays  as he is making his first postseason appearance in his 18th big league season.

So far in the 8th inning, the Red Sox have stolen a base and run a hit-and-run. Some people are upset.

NINTH INNING

And that’s it. Rays lose. See you guys tomorrow.

 
 

19 Comments

  1. Alex says:

    Rays finally caught a break with that SRod strike zone. That was a pretty bad call, but it benefited us so that’s fine with me

  2. Alex says:

    Good call Cork

  3. Tom says:

    game over…can’t have these mental mistakes

  4. Rob says:

    What a debacle.

  5. Lane Meyer says:

    Hey it’s one game, none of the runs carry over to tomorrow. My problem is more with the TBS announcers. I expected TBS to show them wearing Boston caps and jerseys in the booth.

  6. Dave L says:

    I hope the Rays can take batting and fielding practice tomorrow. We need the work.

    Its as if they never played there before.

    Losing a Moore start at this point is not as bad as a Cobb or Price game. Personally I would have had a quicker hook and went to Archer as a plan 1.b much earlier. But based on the 12 runs nothing probably would have changed the outcome.

    No matter how many runs they score it only counts as one loss fortunately for us.

  7. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    4 cities in 6 days and no home games since 9/23 will eventually catch up with you. But the excuses end right there… no more stinkers!

  8. Ken says:

    I guess the Rays were due for a stinker and sure enough it happened. While Moore deserved a better fate he was still up in the zone and was headed for trouble. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of SRod as a Ray. He’s a “one step forward, two step back” player. Myers needs to sit. He’s a liability on D and looks awful at the plate. I’d play DeJesus and Kelly J tomorrow against Lackey. We’ll see what JoMa has up his sleeves. Like Lane said, it’s one game. Look what the Pirates just did to the Cards. Split on the road and win it at the Trop.

  9. Sarah says:

    Really doesn’t matter if it’s 12-3 or 3-2. Get a good night’s sleep and try again tomorrow. Maybe they got all the bad play out of their system in one game. Lester vs. Moore gave the Red Sox the edge anyway; now let’s try with Price and Cobb as the starters.

  10. Beazy says:

    Another rookie mistake by the AL ROY! It’s easy to think most of the other runs would of scored off other hits anyways, but I guess we’ll never know, though I’m predicting an important redemption hit from Wily later on in the series, that’s usually how we roll! GORays!

  11. Dave L says:

    Right after the loss it was tough but upon reflection, well we just got our asses kicked across the board. you can’t distill it down to one bad play or one bad coaching move.

    I just wish Myers would have gotten a hit after the ground rule double. Hearing all those Myers mock chants I just feel for the kid and I wanted him to shove one in their face. Even if its only one futile one to make it 12-3 heheh.

    This whole episode can make a tight knit team rally around its good young kid who plays the game the right way.

    • Ken says:

      Felt the same Dave. Red Sux fans are vicious and probably un-nerved the kid. Sit him today and hopefully bring him in to deliver a crucial pinch hit later. He’s been struggling lately any way. Gotta feeling that after a day off he’ll mash at the trop.

      • Alex says:

        What exactly is your definition of struggling? He has 1 hit in his last three games. Big deal. He hit .308/.362/.542 in September.

        • Ken says:

          I would say 5 K’s in his last 12 AB’s is struggling. A day off might do him a world of good. I’m as big a Myers fan as anyone, but right now it seems he’s a bit overwhelmed by the moment. Lackey’s tough on RH hitters. Either way, I’m sure he’ll have an impact before this series is over. Maddon being Maddon makes it a toss up as to which way he’ll go. In ’86 the Sux fans pulled the same crap with Strawberry and he hurt them big in game seven. I’m just expressing an opinion, no more no less. Go Rays.

      • Beth says:

        No way he sits today.

  12. s says:

    first great HR, and nice diving catch by srod,

    with that being said, yes I know, it’s not srod’s normal position, and he’s got little experience in the OF, but it’s called physics!!!!

    the green monster is not made of Styrofoam, the ball REBOUNDS off of it.

    most of the OF we fielded yesterday had VERY limited experience playing in Fenway and that proved to be a HUGE blunder that we may not can fix or overcome.

    • Beth says:

      Could someone explain to me why the crazy ricochets off the Green Monster are “baseball tradition” and evidence of what a great baseball city Boston is, while the very rare catwalk ball in St. Pete is a sign that the Trop is unfit for baseball?

  13. Dave L says:

    After watching that Myers replay today and hearing the “experts” analysis I have come to one conclusion.

    Regardless of what Myers says is an explanation—- right before he was to make the catch he had no idea where that ball was.

    He was way to far forward from where it fell a split second later to be tracking it at all for the last 2 seconds or so. I doubt he ever clearly picked it up again after visually checking DJ.

    The weird thing is most players would display a sense of desperation during moments like that but Myers now legendary non chalance made him switch from “i know i will find it’ to ‘well hope DJ got it” in a fraction of a second.

    I wouldnt sit him though. We can’t beat Boston without his bat 3 of the next 4 games. At this point we must live and die with our best talent and hope it shines. If it doesnt then it wasnt meant to be.

  14. edward williams says:

    i had heard that myers started as a catcher, didn’t know that, i was wondering why he looked so bad in the outfield , not just yesterday but since we got him, he is just learning the position, that explains a lot, i hope the red sox fans didn’t get in his head, because than we might as well sit him today, even though with his bat, i don’t know, it was one game , bettter now than game 5

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