Tampa Bay Rays Game 75: Same Result After Off-Day

By Robbie Knopf

The Tampa Bay Rays are a much better team than the Boston Red Sox, but every extra-inning game in baseball is a coin toss. The chances of getting tails on two straight flips is 1/4, and that is what happened to the Rays on Wednesday against the Blue Jays and then on Friday.

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Alex Colome walked 5 in 6 innings, but he held the Red Sox to 3 runs, giving his team a workable outing. By the bottom of the sixth, the game was tied on a Marc Krauss RBI double in his first game with the team, a David DeJesus sac fly, and a wild pitch. The Rays’ top three relievers were excellent behind Colome, with Kevin Jepsen, Jake McGee, and Brad Boxberger each tossing a scoreless frame. However, the Rays failed to score in the bottom of the ninth after the inning began on a leadoff double by Asdrubal Cabrera and an intentional walk to Jake Elmore. The Red Sox quickly took the lead after their leadoff double in the top of the 10th.

The Rays went just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, and though we have seen them win games like that before, they either need tremendous pitching or at least one home run. They received neither. On the positive side, Krauss came up with a big hit in his first game with the team, Logan Forsythe went 3 for 5 with a run scored, Cabrera went 3 for 4 with his double, and Evan Longoria went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Rays fans just wish that they could have scored a few more runs.

Tomorrow, Matt Andriese will head to the mound against Wade Miley, a former Tampa Bay Rays draft pick, in a game that will begin at 4:10 PM EST at the Trop. The Rays’ AL East lead is down to a half a game, and the Red Sox are the worst team in the division–it’s time for this team to turn itself and win the next two games.

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