Sep 9, 2011

GAME REVIEW: Chip, chip, chip away

by Aaron Giddens



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RHE
BOS

0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0

2
6
0

TB
0
3
2
0
0
2
0
0
x

7
9
0

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Good evening, Rays fans. Welcome to the Friday night game review. Tonight we review the Rays vs. Red Sox game. Rays need a sweep and nothing less to stay in the wild card hunt. Let's get to it.

In the top of the second the Rays pulled off a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" of Big Papi and Pedroia respectively. In the bottom half of the same inning, Jaso went long giving the Rays a, at the time, 3 run lead. In the bottom of the third, Damon hit a roller up the first base line and Johnny beat it out scoring Longo from second, they added another run one batter later with Joyce's single to center. In the process making short 3 inning work of a Lackey. In the bottom of the sixth, Jaso hit a two bagger on the first pitch of the inning, the very next pitch was scorched to center by Brignac, yes Briggy, for a RBI double. A couple of batter later, Longo hit a ground rule double to get the two runs lost in the top half of the inning. Davis had one bad inning tonight, more on that in the section below, but all in all Davis was what we needed: Dominate. He went the distance for the Complete Game. That makes five against the Red Sox.

The home plate ump makes another appearance. His strike zone was crappy again, horribly inconsistent for both teams. So as a plus it wasn't like he was biased. In the top of the six, Davis lost himself a little bit, giving up two runs to the Red Sox. He would bounce back in the 7th.

A little note, with two outs in the bottom 8th and a 2-1 count to BJ Upton, the home plate ump, Paul Nauert, took a foul ball to the family jewels, OUCHIE! Hope he doesn't feel that in the morning.

These are the types of games I love, great pitching, great offense from the Rays and silence from the opposing team. Doesn't hurt that this opposing team was the Red Sox. This is what the Rays need to stay in the hunt. One down, two to get to complete the sweep. Great job, boys. Do it again tomorrow.

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