The Rays lose to the Red Sox 3-1 and lost the series 3-1.
Here we go again. For the fifth time in ten days it is win or the season is over. As usual, you can follow along here for all the important/interesting/silly images and GIFs. But before we get started, check it out. Stuart Sternberg is in the house…
Very good first inning for Hellickson. His fastball looks very good, sitting at 91-92 and hitting his spots. That’s a great sign as he needs a good fastball for his other pitches to be great. The result was an easy 1-2-3 first inning with 2 pop-ups to the infield.
Jake Peavy has an equally easy first inning and it is on to the second inning.
Hellickson walked David Ortiz on four pitches. In his career, Ortiz is 9-24 with 3 home runs so it is no surprise that Helly would pitch around Big Papi.
Hellickson then walked the next batter and now Jamey Wright is warming in the ‘pen and Evan Longoria came out to the mound and appeared to have some firm words for Hellickson…
Jamey Wright and James Loney to the rescue! First Wright got a huge bases loaded, no out strikeout and then Loney followed with a gorgeous defensive play…
Offensively, the Rays are still not awake as they go 1-2-3 again.
Matt Moore is on now for the Rays and after walking one batter, the Rays turn another nice double play with Zobrist intelligently making the runner hesitate between first and second…
Moore gives up a couple of baserunners, but strikes out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning.
Alex Torres is warming up in the bullpen.
Wil Myers leads off with a single, but he is quickly erased with yet another double play. Longo follows with an easy groundball out and it is on to the fifth inning.
Torres in to pitch the fifth inning. He gave up a couple of baserunners, including a questionable hit-by-pitch to Victorino that was not only over the plate, but it might have been a strike…
But all was OK as Torres got out of the inning with no runs scored and the score is still 0-0.
The Rays go quietly in the sixth, 1-2-3.
Torres back to the mound and he gets David Ortiz on a groundball to right field…
That was followed by a flyball and a strikeout and it is still 0-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Escobar just missed a home run leading off the sixth, but once again, he thought it was 15 rows deep as he casually strolled out of the box…
After Lobaton moved Escobar to third, DeJesus breaks the scoreless tie with a single and I think he broke his bow…
Jake McGee in to pitch the seventh, pitcher no. 5 for the Rays.
After McGee gives up a pair of runners, Joel Peralta comes in and promtly throws a wild pitch that ties the game.
After that, the shift bit the Rays in the heiny as a Escobar was playing deep in the hole and Victorino’s broken bat grounder turned into an RBI single.
The Rays respond in the bottom of the seventh with three straight strikeouts, highlighted by this ump show. This is dumb. This is just an ump looking for a fight…
A caught stealing helped the Rays get through the eighth inning.
Hmmm, why is there Bullfrog sunscreen in the Red Sox dugout for a game in a dome?
In the bottom of the eighth, Escobar got on board with a single but the Red Sox turned to their closer for a 4-out save and Koji Uehara strikes out DeJesus on a 3-2 pitch.
Fernando Rodney came on to pitch the ninth. He walked two and hit a third. So yeah, not very productive.
Chris Archer relieved Rodney and gave up a sac fly.
Wesley Wright then relieved Archer, because EVERYBODY PLAYS! At this rate, Sam Fuld would have to pitch the 11th inning if the Rays are fortunate enough to get that far.
In the bottom of the ninth, Myers flies out to deep center to start the inning.
Loney grounded out to second for the second out.
Longoria strikes out on a check swing for the final out and that’s it.