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Today’s game is not do-or-die, but it is close. The Rays have their ace on the mound and if they lose this game, it will be asking a lot for the Rays to come back and win three in a row, especially with game five back in Boston. On a side note, they did announce yesterday’s game as a “sellout.” I use quotes, because I was able to go on the Red Sox website after the first pitch, and there were still seats available behind home plate.

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…

FIRST INNING

A nice start for the Rays as David DeJesus walked to lead off the game. Wil Myers then stepped to the plate and the Red Sox fans gave him some muted mock cheers. But after a Myers strikeout and a James Loney single, Evan Longoria grounded into a sigh-inducing double-play.

In the bottom half, Ellsbury flared a single and then stole second. But Molina’s throw went into center field because Ben Zobrist got a horrible jump backing up second. Ellsbury then scored a sac-fly (notice Molina is already up about to throw and Escobar is already sprinting to second. Zobrist hasn’t moved)…

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David Ortiz then followed with a 2-out solo home run. It’s 2-0.

SECOND INNING

The Rays are threatening in the second as a Desmond Jennings single puts runners on first and third with no outs. Delmon Young followed with a sac fly to right field and it is now 2-1.

With two outs, Jennings stole his first base since Sept. 4, but is stranded at second when Jose Molina struck out.

David Price settled down in the second, retiring the Sox 1-2-3.

THIRD INNING

A pair of strike outs and a ground out and the Rays go quietly in the third.

The Sox scored two more in the third inning. The second came when the Rays tried to turn two and Zobrist was taken out at second base. But Zobrist decided not to throw the ball before the take-out slide and it may have been because he didn’t have a good grip on the ball…

FOURTH INNING

Despite a leadoff single by Longo, the Rays fail to score in the fourth.

In the bottom-half, it looked like the Rays had a double-play until Zobrist once again had a bad grip. Only, this time, he threw the ball into the dugout. Here is Price’s reaction to the moon-shot throw…

Sure enough, that runner would score to make it 5-1. But there is this brief moment of schadenfreude for Rays fans…

FIFTH INNING

A 2-run double by Loney makes it 5-3. But after a Longo walk, Zobrist struck out on a called third-strike. But was it?…

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The Red Sox had a single, a double, and a walk in the bottom of the fifth, but scoed just one run (small victories!), but the score is now 6-3.

SIXTH INNING

After a Jennings single and a Delmon groundball, Escobar comes through with a nicely placed opposite-field single (of course, he was nearly picked off first after his wide turn, but the Sox mishandled the cut-off, so no harm, no foul)…

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The Sox go to the bullpen and the Rays can’t add any more runs. It’s 6-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth.

Finally, an easy inning for Price who gets a 1-2-3 inning for just the second time.

SEVENTH INNING

Rays get two on in the seventh with one out, but a Zobrist 4-6-3 double-play killed the rally and now it’s getting late. There was some doubt about the double-play, and even though TBS replays showed Drew’s foot was still on the bag at second, they called it a “neighborhood play.” It wasn’t…

Price gets another 1-2-3 in the seventh inning and has now retired seven in a row.

EIGHTH INNING

Another threat and another inning-ending double-play. This one came off the bat of Escobar.

David Ortiz curled a ball around the Pesky Pole for his second home run of the game. It looked foul at first, but it was fair, making it 7-4…

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NINTH INNING

Blah, blah, blah. Rays lost.

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25 Comments

  1. Ken says:

    Pretty fair to say that, barring a miraculous 3 game sweep, the Rays post season run has ended. Also pretty fair to say that we got our asses kicked by a better team. Never mind the defensive lapses, the close calls, the missed pitch locations and the failure to hit in the clutch, we weren't in the same area code as the Sox.
    It will be an interesting off season. We've seen the last of Price, Hellickson, Joyce, Scott, SRod, Loney, KJ, Rodney, Fuld and a few others. It was a very good yet frustrating season. I really thought we'd give the Sox a run. Maybe it was just too many road games in a row. I'm proud to be a Rays fan and will hope for the improbable. Otherwise, see ya next year.

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    • Dave L says:

      Ken this is about the 10th time since the Spring you have come here and assertively pronounced this team officially dead and buried and then go on to tell us how we should start planning for next year. You are like a broken record.

      You wanted to deal Price before the All Star break....remember????

      Well luckily for all other Rays fans you were dead wrong the other 9 times we made it way farther than you wildly dreamed repeatedly and now you are upset? You should be ecstatic we made it wayyyyyy further than you repeatedly predicted

      You may have officially and proudly given up once again and like the blind pig you may have finally found your acorn.

      But guess what? I haven't given up. And I will be there Monday. Of course we cant win three games Monday. But we can win one.

      And thats a start.

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      • Dean says:

        Well said.

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      • Ken says:

        And you Dave are an overcritical pompous asshole who cannot resist picking a fight with any one that does not pronounce your theories as the "God's Truth". Maybe you missed the last two games. We did get our butts whipped.
        " It was a very good yet frustrating season. I really thought we’d give the Sox a run. Maybe it was just too many road games in a row. I’m proud to be a Rays fan and will hope for the improbable. Otherwise, see ya next year." I fail to see where I've "lost all hope". The only blind pig on this blog has been you, all season long. Never did I say I think Price should be traded and just a few days ago you criticized me for thinking there was a way we'd keep him.
        I, too, will be at the game, section 205, press level. Come on by smart ass, we'll chat.

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        • JJ says:

          Ken, you ought to know better than to debate Dave. I'm certain he's an ex-Cubs fan. He can't look at the Rays with any shred of objectivity. As for you, don't give up so easily. The Rays lost the first two at home against the Rangers in 2010 then swept two in Arlington. The lost in game 5 at home. Maybe this year they will reverse that trend and win the final at Fenway. Keep the faith.

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        • Dave L says:

          Ken your memory is severly lacking.

          This year you have advocated firing Maddon and getting rid of half the roster at one time or another. Every small losing streak you hit the panic button. Come in and suggest major changes. Maybe my optimism irks you. You have come here and told us how the season was over many times.

          Maybe your memory allows you forget these dire pronouncements you make every bad stretch.

          Yes its true I dont suffer fools gladly. Call it pompousity or arrogance whatever you like.

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          • Ken says:

            Praise be to you and Allah Dave.

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          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            Ken,

            You have to admit that your are in many ways a more sophisticated/educated version of our old "friend" Don. You are always pronouncing the doom of the Rays, but rarely sing their praise.

            In this case, I firmly understand what your point was, but I'm not sure of the point of calling the Rays roadkill when there's still gas in the tank.

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          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            Ken- you're just a more refined version of our old "friend" Don. You've announced the Rays as DOA about a hundred times this season... wishing for the worst and hoping for the best is a cruddy way to live.

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      • robert says:

        The problems here are complex and most have to do with a small market team that's always budget first. Get a Myers, lose X. Cobb comes on, lose Price. Need a big bat, forget about it. It's a revolving door that sometimes makes you feel like you're alive until you look in the mirror and realize that you're just about as alive as the Walking Dead... Get a Myers, lose a Shields, drive a stake through my brain, somebody, please....

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  2. robert says:

    Who is David Price? Is he the scuffling ace of last week or just another guy, like he was tonight, and all too often this year? Is Maddon on drugs? Is he resting his pitching staff for a deep run in the playoffs? I don't understand, I mean, I really don't...

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  3. Dean says:

    David Price is a No. 1 who all too frequently gets beat with his second- and third-best pitch, won't come inside nearly enough and soon will be an ex-Ray.

    Fortunately, our current and future ace, Alex Cobb, is on the hill in the must-win Game 3.

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    • Ken says:

      David Price is a No. 1 pitcher who will thrive on a team that consistently gives him run support early and often. Put him on the Yanks, Rangers, Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox and he'd be a Cy Young candidate yearly. He will be traded to one of those type of teams. Hopefully the trade will yield enough prospects to allow the Rays to continue to be a team that wins just enough to lose in the first round of the playoffs yearly as well.

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      • OriginalTom says:

        Price is a great pitcher but I would not expect a huge improvement if he is traded. His career ERA is 2.78 at the Trop and 3.59 on the road. Also of the 5 teams mentioned only the Rangers and Bosox outscored the Rays in 2013 and the Rangers only outscored them by 30 runs and the Rangers play in a hitters park. There is a long list of players who have left the Rays and watched their production drop.

        The Bosox are the only team on that list who have an offense significantly better than the Rays but 1) It is more difficult to pitch in Fenway than the Trop. 2) Boston is a tough city to play in ask Carl Crawford 3) I cannot see the Rays trading Price to the Red Sox.

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        • JJ says:

          Totally agree with all you say Tom with the exception of Price going to the Rangers. Facing the Astros 6 or 7 times a year should yield more W's than facing AL east teams. Realistically there are only a few teams able to pay what Price will demand as a free agent. Ruling out the AL east that leaves the Rangers as the clear front runner to bid on his services this winter. Whether the Rays can pry enough talent from them remains to be seen. I'd love to see him remain a Ray but just don't see how we can afford to pay him.

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      • Sarah says:

        What pitcher wouldn't thrive on early run support?

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    • robert says:

      Price has the veneer of a #1 but skips out mentally on too many games. He's yet to win a playoff game. Throwing and pitching are two different things.

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  4. Burn H. says:

    I guess that I am the only one to have noticed that there were two David Prices out there. First David had his long time battery mate J. M. throwing away high, away low and just away. Then after spotting those sox a bunch of runs, we got the second David, aided by J. L. All of a sudden he was coming in and sox batters were striking out. Amazingly J. L. was able to frame a really low ball to Ellsbury into a second strike, leading to a next pitch strike out. Yes, at 100 pitches Big Poopi was able to turn on a pitch. It is my belief that the second David may well be better served by requesting J. L. as his battery mate if we get to game 5.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      Price has an ERA of 3.01 when Molina was catching this year and a 7.62 ERA (albeit) in only 13 innings with Lobaton catching. It appears he prefers Molina.

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      • Sarah says:

        Oh, Tom, there you go using actual data to make a point! Clearly Burn likes the narrative that Jose Molina is terrible; why ruin it?

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  5. Beazy says:

    Well, that's what happens when you chuck'em down the middle to a good team!

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  6. Rob says:

    Anyone else see Price's tweet last night? He really has some growing up to do.

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  7. edward williams says:

    l will withhold any negative comments until after the season, oh what the heck, if and i said if we lose to the red sox , who do we blame, i am real tired of hearing about the payroll differences, because than you hear how we continue to win 90 games a year. So who is to blame, maddon ? well he doesn't play on the field, Management, they didn't go out and really improve the team at the deadline, oh sure Delmon Young has done real well, but did they go out and get a true leader, no, in 2008 we had that, since than we had a couple , Damon just to mention one, it seems that when we do get that player leader they won't resign them why, well call me what you will, but i still think we can beat the red sox, GO RAYS

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  8. Gus says:

    Save it nerds might be the rallying cry to come back. I kind of like it. Playing for pride in gAmes 3 and 4. Win there and nerd redemption game goes to alcs

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