The Tampa Bay Rays (88-69) came into New York and put a whooping on the Yankees (82-75) on Tuesday beating them 7-0. Tampa Bay has been on a roll winning their last five games in a row. This all started with Friday night’s game against Baltimore with an incredible team win in 18th innings. The Rays needed something to jump start them and this may have been it. Matt Moore was on the mound on Tuesday and looked shaky but got out of the jams. It was the offense that returned to where they left off the night before putting up three runs in the first inning busting right out of the gate with a Matt Joyce solo shot to start it off. Tampa tacked on two more runs later thanks to James Loney in the sixth followed by two more in ninth. Tampa Bay then cruised to victory 7-0 over the Yankees.
The Rays remain two games up on the Texas Rangers and one game up on the Cleveland Indians (87-70) for the first wild card spot. Tampa Bay has two more games against the Yankees and three with the Toronto Blue Jays to finish up another fantastic season. If everything remains the same we are looking at game 163 at Tropicana Field vs the Indians early next week. All the Rays need to do is win out and it looks good for Rays' fans. Tampa Bay will put David Price on the hill against the Yankees on Wednesday.
After the huge sweep of the Baltimore Orioles (81-77) in a four-game series at Tropicana Field this past weekend the Rays are looking much better than they did on Thursday after dropping the last game against the Texas Rangers (86-71). The Rays came into this series hoping they could just take three of four instead they collected the sweep. Tampa Bay is much better at home at (51-30) as they finished off their final home game of the regular season in walkoff fashion on Monday beating Baltimore.
It was another crazy game on Monday ending with a James Loney walkoff pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rays took the victory 5-4. This was the first pinch hit walkoff home run of the Rays season even though they do lead the MLB in walkoff victories. This just shows this team never gives up as they were down 4-2 late and rallied back to tie it with a Wil Myers hit and eventually the win. Ben Zobrist showed off his magic in the outfield throwing out two base runners. James Loney has been a huge addition to this team and they would not be where they are right now without him. Tampa Bay needs to find a way to keep Loney next season as well.
Sunday it was another solid victory for the Rays vs Baltimore. DeJesus hit his first home run as a Ray to start it off and the Rays won 3-1. The Rays spot started the rookie Enny Romero and he was fantastic off the mound which was backed up by a solid bullpen to secure the win. The Rays used the momentum from the crazy game on Friday night to carry into Saturday as well collecting the victory 5-1. On Saturday, Alex Cobb was amazing once again pitching into the ninth as Desmond Jennings had a big three-run blast to take the lead in the fifth inning.
On Friday it was a ridiculously long game with ups and downs to say the least as this will be a game to remember. It went 18 innings which is the longest game in Rays' history. David DeJesus finally hit the walkoff hit to score Desmond Jennings in the bottom of the 18th inning. This was one of those games you could not afford to lose after using the most pitchers in MLB history and setting records as the game did not end until after 2 a.m. Tampa Bay had multiple opportunities and finally someone came up with a big hit and the Rays took the 5-4 victory as it was an exhausting game to watch. Fans could not even imagine playing in the game as it was another ridiculous ride back and forth. Tampa Bay racked up 14 hits as David Price struggled once again. This victory was an all-around team win and definitely helped the team put together some momentum for some big wins the last four days.
The Rays need to have this game 163 at home because they are a much better team at home. Going into Cleveland or Texas could be a scary sight as they are under .500 on the road. So hopefully the Rays keep this train cruising along for the next five games for a chance to be in the postseason once again. If it comes down to game 163 at the Trop why not throw out Alex Cobb on the mound? Cobb has not lost at home in over a year. This is still the best Rays lineup Rays' fans have ever seen even though they have been slumping; it seems they are peaking at just the right time after Tuesdays game.