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…
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)…
David Ortiz then followed with a 2-out solo home run. It’s 2-0.
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.
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…
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…
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?…
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.
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)…
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.
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…
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…
Blah, blah, blah. Rays lost.