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Good evening, Rays fans. Things are tight in the American League wild card race. The Rays sit 2.5 games back from the Sox entering tonight, but so are the Angels. This series so far has been disappointing to say the least. This is the beginning of October baseball for the Rays. Do or die. Which will they do tonight? Let's find out.
Rays came out strong scoring three in the first inning, two of those coming on a bases loaded, no outs single by Matty Joyce. Bottom half, Matt More struck out two and went 1-2-3, nice start to this kid's career. Rays offense would continue in the second as Bossman would drive in Jennings on a RBI Triple, Longo on the next pitch would drive in Upton on a RBI Double. In the third. Zorilla hits a two run bomb to right. In the fourth, Upton hit a two run bomb of his own. Couple of batters later, Damon hit a two run shot of his own. Reid, yes Briggy, drove in another run in the fourth. Zorilla drove in Upton on a Sac Fly in the fifth. If you couldn't keep count, they scored in each of the first five innings. Matt Moore was impressive, five innings, 11 strikes outs on four hits and one walk. Hat tip to the Yankees for screwing the Sox. The Rays did not get set down in order tonight, having baserunners every inning.
On the bad side tonight, Jaso still sucks behind the plate as a defensive catcher. This bullpen is in shambles right now, they gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in 4 innings work.
This game was nice to see. While it got hairy in the second half of the game it was still a nice game to have. Most importantly it was a win and gets us back to two behind Boston with the Sox heading in to NYC. Hopefully the Yankees don't blow it like thye did against us tonight. Matt Moore was impressive in his starting debut. Here's hoping we get more of the same in the future. So, well played game. Let's sweep the Jays and I will feel better.
It should be noted that the Angels lost and they fall to three behind the Red Sox and one behind the Rays.