Sure enough, those stinkin Red Sox came back to tie it in the top of the fourth inning, taking advantage of the Rays defensive mistakes. With two outs, J.D. Drew grounded to Rays all-star 3B Evan Longoria, whose throwing error to first allowed Drew to move into second base. Daniel Navas single would score Drew and bring the score tied as Sean Rodriguezs errant throw toward home eliminated a play at the plate.
The Rays went ahead again in the home half of the fifth inning. Rodriguez hit a leadoff triple and scored on Jasos ground ball to give the Rays another one-run lead. They threatened to rip the game wide open but failed to get anything done with one out and the bases load in the sixth. Longoria was picked off with a sizable lead at third base. Carlos Pena walked to reload the bases but Rodriguez flied out to right field to squash the threat and keep the Bay Area on edge with such a close score against a demonstrably talented if banged-up Boston club.[image-1]
An offensive stalemate ensued until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Crawford showed that not only can he fly on the base paths and make unbelievable catches, he can put a ball into fuckin orbit. This long shot off Boston reliever Hideki Okajima proved to be the winning run in a close game that had just enough fireworks to get T-Bay another notch in the W column. The Bahstahn Rehd Sahx threatened in the top of the ninth and scored a run as Bill Hall came home on Eric Pattersons triple after walking and stealing second base. The Rays walked Boston monster David Ortiz intentionally for the third time of the evening and got Niuman Romero in for the injured Kevin Youkilis, who left the game in the fourth inning with pain in his right ankle to ground out and bring the game to a close.
I hate games like this one. Even against a scrub team a one-run lead is never safe, much less against Boston; while I may despise their obnoxious fans, I respect the organization and the immense level of talent on their roster. Games this close would drive me to drink, if I wasnt already drinking as I watched the game. Why this club wont blow a team out in the second inning I dont know, but it would be a great development for my personal stress level.
Rays all-star David Price gets the start against knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield. This wild righty comes in with an unimpressive 3-6 record and while weve rocked his shit before, hes repaid the favor. Im calling for a sweep, and looking for Price to go 7-deep. As long as the offense does its job, this should be the end of a great series against our hated division rivals followed by what I hope will be a cakewalk against the second-worst team in the American League, the Cleveland Indians. Did I mention this team is back? Oh yeah, I did, a few days ago. Tell me Im wrong.