The Boston Red Sox potent offense, led by Will Middlebrooks, defeated the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg to take the series 2-1. Rays starter James Shields has now given up 10 or more hits in his last four starts, and Boston starter Josh Beckett continued his domination against the Rays striking out seven in only six innings pitched.
With two outs in the ninth Hideki Matsui had a bases loaded opportunity but weakly flew out to the warning track in right. The last out of the game was a fitting conclusion to a hard fought series by both teams, Tampa Bay had plenty of chances but continually proved that the absence of Evan Longoria is evident in nearly every loss. The adjectives are running out to describe how streaky the Rays offense has been this season.
The injuries and lack of lineup consistency have led fans to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the Rays offense.
The Red Sox were lead offensively by Mike Aviles and Will Middlebrooks, each having two RBI. The Rays scored all three of their runs in the first inning, they had plenty of chances by amassing ten hits, but none of the hits came at the most important times, with runners on base. Continue reading