Well, so much for my bold prediction about not having to worry about Game 1. That wager depended largely on the idea that Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price would dominate the Texas Rangers like he did so many other teams in the regular season. Anyone who watched the game knows that wasnt the case Wednesday afternoon, as the larger-than-life lefty let a quintet of runs on the board with not nearly enough run support to make this much of a game.
Once again, it wasnt for lack of opportunity for the Rays but simply lack of production and execution. The Bay-area boys jumped on Texas ace Cliff Lee with three base hits in the first inning but two consecutive strikeouts stranded those three men aboard with the bases loaded.