Late inning heroics once again came to the rescue for the Tampa Bay Rays. Carl Crawford sent one deep with the bases loaded off Scott Downs to cap off the Rays’ six-run ninth inning, giving the Ray’s enough run support for a 7-3 win. Wednesday’s win mirrored the prior win on Tuesday, coming back in the last inning, which greatly helped in capturing the series and padding their lead in the AL East.
The Jay’s led the game 2-1 going into the ninth when Shawn Marcum went in vying for the complete game. However, Marcum’s brilliance diminished after surrendering two consecutive hits and then later retiring Ben Zobrist on a fielder’s choice, putting runners on the corners. Dioner Navarro then laid a text-book bunt down the first base line to cash Sean Rodriguez from third, tying the game at 2-2. Brignac would then hit a clutch double scoring John Joso from second. With runners on second and third, Jason Frasor walked the bases full and turned the ball over to Scott Downs who surrendered Crawford’s third career grand slam to put the game out of reach at 7-2.
Lyle Overbay drove in Alex Gonzales for a meaningless run in the bottom of the frame off before Rafeal Soriano could close the door, making the final score 7-3.
The game started off slow for the Ray’s, surrendering a lead-off single to Fred Lewis who proceeded to make his way to third after a Brignac error – who is in place for the injured short stop Jason Bartlett – and would later score after a Jose Bautista single. In the second inning, B.J. Upton mismanaged a ball on a Lyle Overbay double which placed Overbay on third, later scoring on a John Buck sacrifice fly. However that would be all David Price would surrender Wednesday night, rendering no earned runs through eight-innings of work. The Ray’s showed signs of waking up in the fifth when Crawford drilled in his team’s first run of the game to bring the score to 2-1. Yet, a Rodriguez brain-fart –failing to touch third—in the sixth inning cost the Rays the potential tying run at the time. Though, the Ray’s resilience showed up once again in the 9th-inning to capture the game and the series. The Ray’s next action is on Friday in Texas (28-24) against C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.48 ERA), the Ray’s are counteracting with Wade Davis (5-4, 4.04).
On a separate note I would like to introduce myself to everyone as your new Tampa Bay Ray’s blogger! As you can see beside my beautiful picture of myself, to your right, my name is Charlie Crabb and I have a passion for two things: Baseball and writing. I currently play for an elite travel team in Ottawa known as the Ottawa Knights. We travel all over the United States competing in numerous tournaments and with great success. Over the past two year we have managed to capture eight championships, 6 of which have been in the States. As for writing, next year I am entering the journalism program at Carleton in hopes of someday becoming, well, a journalist. As for my plans for this blog, I hope to post the occasional synopsis- at least once a series- and at least one opinion article a week. Looking forward to your comments and if you have any tips please, I am all ears, I’m learning as I go. Hope to see you around.
About the Author
Written by Charlie Crabb
Charlie Crabb is currently studying journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Crabb is also a pitcher for an elite baseball travel team known as the Ottawa Knights, who play -with success- in tournaments all over North America. His current goals are to graduate and play ball at a professional level.