Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 in ALCS Game 2

The Red Sox got to David Price, and have taken a commanding 2-0 series lead

10/5/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) rounds third base after hitting a home run during the eighth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsThe Boston Red Sox didn't miss a beat in Game 2, after taking the Rays to the woodshed in Game 1.

The Sox scored 7 runs off Rays ace David Price in 7 innings, and David Ortiz became the first left handed batter ever to homer twice off Price in the same game.

Red Sox starter John Lackey struggled a bit, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings, but still managed to get the win as the Boston offense gave him plenty of run support, something they failed to do rather often in the regular season.

The bullpen picked up the slack, however, holding the Rays to only 1 hit over the final 3.2 innings.

After the game, Price said that he took issue with the way Ortiz watched his second home run, saying that he knew it was fair as soon as it left the bat, and that Ortiz should have started running immediately.

You can be the judge of that. Here's the video:
 

Call me crazy, but that ball was right down the line, and I'm guessing Ortiz was just making sure the ball was fair before he broke into his home run trot. I understand that Price is a bit frustrated, but there's no reason to get worked up about that particular play.

The teams get a day off tomorrow, and then will play in Tampa on Monday. The Rays will send Alex Cobb to the mound, while the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the hill to try to complete the sweep.

Rays manager Joe Maddon is (naturally) predicting that the Rays will manage to bring the series back to Boston.

Personally, I'd be shocked if that happens. The Cobb-Buchholz pitching matchup slightly favors the Red Sox, and then the Game 4 probable starters are Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays and Jake Peavy for the Red Sox. That also favors the Red Sox, and the Boston offense has been incredibly impressive through the first two games.

In Game 1, all 9 Red Sox starters recorded a hit and a run. In Game 2, every Sox starter got a hit except for Mike Napoli, who still managed to reach base twice via walk.

This offense is absolutely on fire right now, and the Rays definitely have their hands full. We'll see if they can extend the series on Monday and make things interesting.
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