The Rays and Red Sox played a double header in Feway Park last night and the Red Sox came out victorious in both games. The double dip loss drops the Rays record to 1-game over .500 at 36-35 while the Red Sox improve to an AL best 44-29.
The day marked the debut of highly touted Rays rookie Wil Myers. Myers was the centerpiece of the James Shields trade over the winter and was ranked the #1 prospect by Baseball America entering the 2013 season.
Myers played right field and hit 6th in both games and recorded his first hit in his first at-bat of the second game finishing the day 1 for 7.
After the game he spoke about his first day in the big leagues saying:
“It was an awesome experience, I feel good at the plate right now. I didn’t really show it in that [first] game, but I feel good. I’m glad they called me up when I was hot.” –mlb.com
The Rays lost the first game 5-1 as Rays nemesis Alfredo Aceves once again dominated them allowing only 1R/ER in 5 innings of work. For the Rays, Chris Archer was erratic with his control and was unable to get key outs when needed. He worked 4.2 innings allowing 4R/3ER on 5 hits striking out 5 and walking 5.
The Rays lost the second game 3-1 in heartbreaking fashion as Jonny Gomes hit a walk off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th after the Rays had come back to tie the game in the top of the inning. Jake Odorizzi started for the Rays and gave up only a solo home run to Daniel Nava in his 5.2 innings of work. Alex Torres was once again masterful out of the bullpen holding the Red Sox scoreless for 2.1 innings and giving the Rays offense a chance to tie the game.
Felix Doubront dominated the Rays for 8 innings. He was efficient in only throwing 93 pitches and had retired the last 17 Rays hitters in a row heading to the ninth but manager John Farrell went to his closer Andrew Bailey in the 9th. Kelly Johnson greeted Bailey with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.
The Rays called on Joel Peralta to work the 9th inning of the tie game and he walked leadoff hitter Daniel Nava to bring Jonny Gomes who was 4 for 8 with 2 home runs lifetime against Peralta to the plate. Gomes continued his dominance of Peralta by crushing a long home run over the monster to give the Red Sox the 3-1 victory.
The Red Sox have defeated the Rays 9 out of 11 games this season. The Rays will look to avoid the sweep tonight and will send Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67 ERA) up against Ryan Dempster (4-7, 4.21 ERA).