The Good - Rays Resilience in Game 3
After the first two games of the series showed almost nothing at the plate and were slugfests for the Angels, Shane McClanahan came out dealing against Los Angeles.
McClanahan had 7 shutout innings against the high powered Angel's offense, including 13 strikeouts while only allowing 3 hits and 1 walk on the day. He managed to outduel Ohtani, who went 6 innings allowing 1 run on a Kevin Kiermaier home run in the second inning.
Although the offense was not firing on all cylinders, they managed to grind the whole game and add a second run in the 8th on a Yandy Diaz ground out to shortstop. Taylor Ward continued his impressive 2022 season, hitting his 7th homer of the year on a two run blast that tied the game off of Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge.
After heading to extra innings, Vidal Brujan wasted no time in taking the lead, hitting the first pitch he saw to center field for a go ahead double, and would later be knocked in by Harold Ramirez to give the Rays the 4-2 victory.
It was an encouraging sign for a club coming off being no hit and just outclassed in both games prior to this. Even with their ace on the mound, the club could have rolled over against Ohtani, but instead battled against him and battled to regain momentum after giving up the lead in a game they had controlled.