The Tampa Bay Rays fall a dismal 3 games to 1 in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Andy Sonnanstine could not hold the Phillies silent and lasted only 4 innings. In his 4 innings he allowed 5 runs (3 ER) and gave up 3 walks. One of his walks was with the bases loaded, the first time in his professional career he has walked in a run. It was obvious from the start that Sonny did not have his best stuff. His location was not even close. Sonny throwing at such a low velocity relies on his location to quiet bats. Sonny wasn’t the only pitcher who had problems Sunday night. All the Ray pitchers had problems Sunday night. All in all they gave up 4 HR including the first ever HR to opposing pitcher Joe Blanton.
The offense clearly did not fair much better. In this game alone the top 4 hitters were 0-15 with 1 BB. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria are without batting averages so far in the World Series. Having your 3 & 4 hitters with a BA of .000 by game #4 is not a good sign. The runs we scored were off HR by Carl Crawford and PH Eric Hinske (welcome back ‘E’).
The Rays look like a group of tired old men sitting on the bench as they bat. The smiles and laughter have faded from their faces. That used to be the hallmark of this team. No matter the situation they had a good time together as a group. That attitude made for many comebacks during the course of the season and the playoffs. Unless the Rays can put the past few games behind them and come out aggressive at the dish this World Series will end Monday night. This is not an easy task no matter their attitude as the Rays will face the best the Phillies have to offer in Cole Hamels.
So, Ray fans keep the faith, work the cowbell and give the Rays everything you have in good mojo Monday night. The Rays have certainly given us more than we could have ever expected this season.