Tuesday, October 14, 2008
ALCS Game 4: Rays 13, Red Sox 4
Justin Masterson gets right fielder Fernando Perez to strike out looking, but the Sox have a pretty sizeable mountain to climb.
Bottom 3rd: The Red Sox get one back on a homer by reserve catcher Kevin Cash. Carl Crawford didn't bother moving. 5-1 Rays.
Top 5th: Carl Crawford doubled and Willy Aybar singled him home, erasing himself on the basepaths along the way to renew a five-run lead. Masterson retired Navarro and Perez to finish the frame, but it's 6-1 Rays with half the game to go.
Top 6th: Manny Delcarmen gives up a one-out triple to Jason Bartlett, and follows it up with a walk to Akinuri Iwamura to put men on the corners. Upton knocks a 2-0 pitch to left to make it 7-1 Rays.
Delcarmen walks Carlos Pena to load the bases with only one out. That brings up Evan Longoria; Delcarmen takes him to a 1-2 count, but Longoria works the count full and walks. 8-1 Rays, and it's becoming another blowout. Terry Francona comes to get Delcarmen, replacing him with Javier Lopez.
Lopez immediately gives up a looping RBI single to Carl Crawford, and it's 9-1 Rays. The Sox need two grand slams to tie. Make that pull within one, as Willy Aybar smashes one to left to make it 10-1. They've posted four runs in the inning, the bags are still loaded, and there's only one out. The Rays announcers are debating whether to call it a "Boston Tee(off) Party" or a "Boston Massacre".
Dioner Navarro bounces out to Kevin Youkilis, scoring Longoria. Lopez then retires Perez on a bouncer to second, but it's out of control with the Sox running out of relievers. 11-1 Rays.
Bottom 6th: The Red Sox go out in order, Jed Lowrie, J.D. Drew, and Dustin Pedroia, and receive not a few boos along the way. Andy Sonnenstine has retired the last eleven in a row, and has two-hit Boston through six.
Finis: The Sox got one more in the seventh following a David Ortiz triple and Kevin Youkilis' scoring groundout, then both sides traded two run halves of the eighth, capping scoring at 13-4 Rays. Evan Longoria becomes the youngest player ever to hit five home runs in the postseason.
The Rays take a 3-1 lead in the series, and Boston will try to get a repeat of Game 1 with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound Thursday.