Ramos & Solid Relief Lead Rays To 4-0 Blanking Of White Sox
Ramos, Gomes, & Oviedo Blank White Sox 4-0
The conditions for baseball were less than ideal with a game time temperature in Chicago of only 39 degrees and the wind was gusting at 20 mph but less than 24 hours after watching Jose Abreu‘s ball sail over the right field wall for a walk off grans slam home run there was nowhere the Rays players wanted to be.
Cesar Ramos took the mound for the Rays looking to build off his last start where he tied a career high five innings and held the New York Yankees just one run.
In the harsh conditions of the Windy City he did just that working five scoreless inning in picking up his first win of the year. He allowed five hits and issued two walks and did not strike out a batter.
He departed after allowing a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth inning to Dayan Viciedo. Brandon Gomes was called in to face Paul Konerko and he got him to bounce into a double play. Gomes was impressive holding the White Sox scoreless through three hitless innings of relief.
The Rays built an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a Ryan Hanigan double that plated James Loney and Logan Forsythe. The lead was increased on a James Loney single in the top of the third that scored Wil Myers. The Rays capped their scoring in the top of the sixth on a Desmond Jennings triple that scored Ben Zobrist from first.
The Rays were just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and scored all four of their runs with 2-outs.
With a 4-0 lead heading into the ninth inning Joe Maddon called on Juan Carlos Oviedo to work the ninth. He ran into a little trouble walking leadoff hitter Dayan Viciedo but came back to strike out Paul Konerko, get Alexei Ramirez to pop out to James Loney, and Alejandro De Aza to ground out to second baseman Ben Zobrist to end the game.