The Tampa Bay Rays have played their final game at Tropicana Field in 2014, and it wasn’t pretty for the home fans. The Chicago White Sox hung two huge innings on Nate Karns and Alex Colome on their way to defeating Joe Maddon‘s club 10-5.
Karns allowed two home runs in the second inning when Avisail Garcia took a 1-0 fastball deep into the left field seats to open the scoring at 1-0 Marcus Semien smacked a three-run shot put the Rays in a tough situation early, ending the top of the second with a 4-0 deficit. After that point, Karns seemed to roll, and didn’t allow another hit until the sixth inning, when Garcia went yard, again, this time on the first pitch of the inning. Colome would come in relief, and he too struggled, allowing four runs on four hits in just an inning of work.
On the other side of the mound, Sox starter John Danks held the Rays hitless until Brandon Guyer doubled in the sixth. Kevin Kiermaier and Wil Myers, arguably the future of the Rays, helped push the first home runs of the game on a groundout and infield single. The Rays would continue to cut into the huge early deficit as the game went on, as Curt Casali provided an RBI double in the seventh and Brandon Guyer singled home two in the ninth, but the 10-0 starting place was too much to over come, and the Rays would fall.
Guyer was the lone Ray with a multi-hit game and the Rays combined for nine total hits. On the flip-side, eight of the nine Sox starters had at least one hit and three starters had a multi-hit game.
Not only were the Rays (officially) eliminated from postseason contention this weekend, but this loss ended the the team’s hopes for having their seventh consecutive winning season. The Rays are off tomorrow, and will head to Boston for three game starting on Tuesday with Alex Cobb taking the bump.