The Tampa Bay rays are the 2008 American League Champions!!! WOW, doesn’t that sound great?!
I cannot hear it enough! ALCS series MVP Matt Garza pitched an amazing game yesterday! Garza pitched beyond what anyone could have imagined. He shut down the Red Sox in a 7 inning pitching clinic. He left one bad pitch up that Pedroia made him pay for by placing it over the LF wall. Beyond that he gave up only 1 other hit, allowing 3 free passes while striking out 9. Joe Maddon then employed hitter to pitcher strategy and used 5 pitchers in the 8th inning to keep the mighty red Sox bats quiet. David Price came in with bases loaded and 2 outs in the 8th to dash the Red Sox hopes by striking out JD Drew. Price earned the save in the game by pitching a solid 9th inning as well.
The Ray bats were able to provide just the amount of scoring necessary to catapult the Rays to the top of the American League. The scoring began with a 2 out double by Evan Longoria to score Carlos Pena all the way from 1st base to tie the score. Next came a double by Willy Aybar and a nice at bat by Rocco Baldelli to single him home. The final bit of scoring would be an Aybar blast to LF off SP Lester late in the game. Due to the outstanding pitching turned in by the Rays staff that was more than needed to push the Rays over the top.
This was an amazing all around performance by both teams really. But the Rays were too much for the Red Sox to handle. The Rays outplayed the Red Sox in all facets of the game. Enough cannot be said about the pitching performance in this ALCS by Matt Garza. He beat the seemingly unbeatable John Lester twice and shut down the Red Sox bats both times as well!
Being at The Trop last night was absolutely amazing! That place was electric! I don’t care what any national reporters or anyone else says – the Rays have a very devoted fan base. It was evident in the eyes of those holding big crocodile tears after the victory, the years of sitting in the cellar and hoping for something better next year finally paid off. I’m emotionally and physically exhausted and need to go lie down now! LOL – would not have missed it for anything!
Next, bring on the Phils! See you at The Trop Wednesday evening for Game 1 of the WORLD SERIES!