Red Sox win Game 1 easy as Rays defense implodes

10/4/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Red Sox win Game 1 easy as Rays defense implodesGame 1 of the ALDS had started well for the Rays, and they generally were known for good defense. Both of those blew up in their face, as multiple miscues led to a 5 run Red Sox 4th. It didn't get any better for Tampa, as Boston won easily 12-2.

Tampa got on the board first in the 2nd with this shot by Sean Rodriguez.

 




Note the pitch the video shows before the homer though. If it looked like an inning ending strike, that's because it should've been, as this screenshot from Sharapova's Thigh shows. Tampa used that gift to take a 1-0 lead, which became 2-0 in the top of the 4th on a homer by Ben Zobrist. Then came the bottom of the 4th...

The inning started with a single by Pedroia, bringing up David Ortiz. It looked like he would fly out to right, until this happened.

 

As Wil Myers explained later, he saw Desmond Jennings out of the corner of his eye and thought Jennings would get it. The miscommunication resulted in a ground rule double and runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. The Red Sox took advantage and scored five runs in the inning, one where there were a few more plays in which Tampa did not bathe themselves in defensive glory. Here's the full video of the carnage.

 

It didn't get any better in the 5th. Boston scored three runs to chase away starter Matt Moore. Chris Archer would then come in, which matters more for a potential Game 4. The Rays have named struggling Jeremy Hellickson the Game 4 starter over Archer, which feels like a curious decision. Archer was fine in his relief outing, but the Red Sox piled on with 4 more runs in the 8th off Jamey Wright.

Boston starter Jon Lester had few issues outside of the two homers, making it clear to the Rays that they weren't coming back for that 4th inning meltdown. In 7.2 innings, Lester gave up 3 hits and struck out 7, while walking 3.

Obviously, one game is just one game, but it couldn't have gone much better for the Red Sox. They'll try to keep it going in Game 2 tomorrow evening. The resurgent John Lackey will pitch for Boston, while the Rays will turn to ace David Price to get them back on track.
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