Thursday, October 23, 2008
Rays Lose a Close One
Hamels was pretty sharp yesterday as the Rays went on to lose 3-2. Kazmir pitched a decent game going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs, but Hamels went 7 and only gave up 2. The Philadelphia bullpen held the lead, and ultimately, only 3 Rays had hits yesterday, Iwamura, Crawford, and Zobrist. Philadelphia came hard in this game and that was what they needed to do. Everyone thought the wait would effect them so winning the first game was essential for them. The Rays need to win tonight, because otherwise they will be down 2 games heading to Philadelphia, and I don't think they want that. Philadelphia has a good team, but the question will be how the starters match up down the stretch. Should be interesting having Shields take on Brett Myers. Shields has been sharp this post season, and though Myers has gone 2-0 this post season he has an ERA of 5.25. The odd thing is that Shields went 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in the ALCS so go figure.