By: Daniel Satter
Last night, the Rays and Red Sox met to start a 3 game series. The Rays are looking for answers to claw their way back to earn a chance for to make the 2nd wild card spot. The Rays started the series with a much needed win of a score of 8-4. With this Rays win they move only 5 games back from the Rangers for the 2nd wild card spot. Hopes are still alive for this young ball club.
Next, both clubs sent their 2 best pitchers to the mound. The Red Sox sent lefty Wade Miley and the Rays sent young phenom Chris Archer to the mound. Both starters had good outings. Archer went 5 innings by only allowing 2 walks and 5 hits on 3 earned runs. Archer struck out 8 batters. Archer’s past against the Red Sox had not been great entering tonight, but Archer shut down the Red Sox when he was in the mound. Also, Archer was saved by his defense by some nice plays by Mikie Mahtook and Richie Shaffer.
The Rays answered back down 1-0 in the bottom of the first by getting 3 back. The Rays answered by base hits. First, it started with Brandon Guyer’s lead off double then the LSU product Mikie Mahtook drove in Guyer with a hard driven single that turned into a double with the ball taking a wrong direction off the wall. It was ruled a single though. After Mahtook did his job it was Longo time. Evan Longoria had a nice RBI double that made the score 2-1. Forsythe fly out allowed Longoria to tag and advance to 3rd base. Finally, Steven Souza made his return from the debut and in his first at bat he blooped a single that drove in Longoria to make it a 3-1 lead. After the 1st inning the game was silent till the 6th inning where the Red Sox took a lead of 4-3. Next, the 7th inning was a breeze for both teams, but in the 8th inning the Rays made a comeback by adding 5 more runs to take a 8-4 lead. Forsythe drove in Longoria to start the bottom of the 8th. The Rays hit 2 big homers that inning. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a 2 run shot and later JP Arencibia did the same. Those homers put the nail in the coffin. Then Boxberger shut down the 9th to secure the 8-4 victory.