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…
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.
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…
Moore did have a 2-out walk, but go out of the inning with no further damage.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And that’s it. Rays lose. See you guys tomorrow.