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Myers Debut, Rays Swept In Boston

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.

[1]The day marked the debut of highly touted Rays rookie Wil Myers [2]. Myers was the centerpiece of the James Shields [3] 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 [4]

The Rays lost the first game 5-1 as Rays nemesis Alfredo Aceves [5] once again dominated them allowing only 1R/ER in 5 innings of work. For the Rays, Chris Archer [6] 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 [7] 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 [8] started for the Rays and gave up only a solo home run to Daniel Nava [9] in his 5.2 innings of work. Alex Torres [10] 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 [11] 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 [12] went to his closer Andrew Bailey [13] in the 9th. Kelly Johnson [14] greeted Bailey with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.

The Rays called on Joel Peralta [15] to work the 9th inning of the tie game and he walked leadoff hitter Daniel Nava [9] to bring Jonny Gomes [7] 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 [16] (4-3, 5.67 ERA) up against Ryan Dempster [17] (4-7, 4.21 ERA).