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Rays Are Still A Bunch of Devils

October 3 at Tampa Bay

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hand
At least Javy Didn't Pitch Tonight.

Short Take:   Tampa Bay uses sorcery and witchcraft to defeat the White Sox and go up 2-0 in the ALDS; Sox poised to pull a Garvey-like comeback now

We got them right where we want them.

Friday night saw the dump known as “the Trop” filled to the brim with bandwagon Rays fans as they watched their beloved AL East Champions escape defeat by the Chicago White Sox. In the process, Tampa took a 2-0 lead in the 2008 ALDS. The bad news is that they’ll fly to Chicago to face John Danks on Sunday afternoon and Gavin Floyd on Monday, two guaranteed victories for the White Sox, setting up an epic Game Five showdown in Tampa on Wednesday.

Scott Kazmir was ripe for the pickin’. Staving off rumors of shoulder soreness and possibly injury, he opened the game as wild as Geoff Blum’s hair. Kazmir couldn’t find the strike zone to save his life. However, the South Side Softball Hitmen ended up leaving five men on base in the first two innings while only scoring two runs. Letting Kazmir off the hook came back to bite the Sox and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, as Kazmir settled down and led the Rays to a 6-2 victory.

The Sox got off to a hot start in the first, as OC was HBP, Swish walked, and JD singled. With the bases loaded, PK couldn’t deliver. Thome, with very little success against Kazmir in the past , delivered a huge knock to RF to score OC. However, flat-footed Swish couldn’t score from 2nd on the hit. The Cuban Missile picked him up, though, with a Sac Fly to LF, scoring Swisher to give the Sox an early 2-0 lead. That’s all they would score for the rest of the night. The Sox left three men on base after the 1st, five LOB after the 2nd, and seven LOB after the 4th. They’d end up leaving 12 for the game. Konerko, who’s been as hot as any Sox hitter down the stretch, couldn’t deliver in the 1st or 2nd inning, leaving five men on base by himself in two AB’s.

Buehrle pitched a better game than his line tells. He held the Sox close, battling hard through seven innings while scattering ten hits. The Rays got on the board in the 2nd when Willy Aybar singled and then advanced to third on a throwing error by TCM before scoring on a Dioner Navarro base hit. 2-1 Sox.

The Rays fans were systematically programmed by their public address announcer as to when to cheer or boo, when to stand or sit, and when to ring their cowbells. They missed their cue in the bottom of the 5th when Akinori Iwamura hit a two run homer, with Jason Bartlett on base, to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. (Iwamura playing the Iguchi role here as the international second base star hitting the big Game 2 ALDS homer at home). The homer seemed to take the life out of the Sox, although they’d try to claw back with paws up.

Juan Uribe opened the 6th with a single and advanced to 2nd on a BA bunt (wow!) and to 3rd on a ground out by OC. With the tying run on 3rd, Swish flew out to end the inning. JD and PK opened the 7th with back-to-back singles. Joe Madden made a smart move by bringing in lefty reliever JP Howell to face Jim Thome, who flew out to CF. Alexei Ramirez and AJ softly lined out and grounded out, respectively, to end the inning and strand two more. OC reached base with two outs in the 8th before Nick Swisher went down looking on a called third strike. Brutal. Tampa added three more runs in the bottom of the 8th, but the door was shut on this game already.

The game was a microcosm of the 2008 season- a lack of situational hitting and clutch base hits in key situations. Buehrle gets the loss, Kazmir lucks into the win, and Chad Bradford doesn’t get a hold or save. Sunday, the Garvey-like comeback begins. Gametime is 3:07pm at the Cell. Danks vs.Garza.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
  Tampa Bay isn't worthy of sitting at the same table as the Good Guys. Fold up that dome and go home.

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