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Tampa Bay Rays OTD: ALCS Edition

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BOSTON - OCTOBER 13: Genearl view as starting pitcher Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox throws the first pitch of the game against Akinori Iwamura #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 13, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 13: Genearl view as starting pitcher Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox throws the first pitch of the game against Akinori Iwamura #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 13, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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10 years ago today, Rays manager Kevin Cash stepped up to the plate at Fenway Park in front of 38,133 silenced fans and hit a 3rd inning leadoff homer to pull his Red Sox within 4 runs. 

Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria both hit 1st inning bombs, Carl Crawford went 5 for 5, and the Rays piled on 13 runs over 9 innings to beat the Red Sox in game 4 of the 2008 ALCS. The win gave them a 3-1 series lead, putting them one win away from their first World Series birth in franchise history.

Pitching Matchup:

Andy Sonnanstine faced off against Tim Wakefield. Wakefield was chased after eight outs in which he surrendered five runs on 6 hits, including 3 home runs. Andy Sonnanstine worked into the eighth inning, only giving up two through seven innings and two more in the eighth.

After Wakefield, the Red Sox went on to use four more pitchers, including Manny Delcarmen. Delcarmen only recorded one out and gave up another 5 spot on 2 hits and 3 walks.

Trever Miller and Edwin Jackson teamed up to get the remaining five outs for the Rays, all by way of the strikeout. Trever miller surrendered a double to Kevin Youkilis scoring Dustin Pedroia and gave way to Edwin Jackson. Jackson faced the final six batters, walking two and striking out four to end the game.

At the Plate:

Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria, and Willy Aybar hit home runs. Carl Crawford had a day at the plate collecting five hits, amassing nine total bases, all while scoring

g three runs and driving in two more. The Rays scored 13 runs on 14 hits, with half of those hits going for extra bases.

Kevin Cash:

The Rays skipper hit a leadoff homer in the 3rd inning to pull his team within four runs and gave life to Fenway once again. Kevin Cash only had three career postseason at bats, and in one of those three at bats, he deposited his only postseason hit over the Green Monster.

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