Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rays Blanked By Red Sox

The Rays offense struggled to get on the scoreboard on Saturday night as they were shut-out by the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. The Rays recorded 7 hits on the night but could not make anything out of those hits, stranding 11 hitters and going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Four of the five runs in the game came in the first three innings off starter Wade Davis. Davis issued a bases loaded walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to score Nick Punto giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Red Sox scored two more in the second when Darnell McDonald and Alex Hassan scored on an BJ Upton error, increasing the lead to 3-0.

Then in the third, Kevin Youkilis struck an RBI double to center, scoring Adrian Gonzalaz to put them ahead 4-0.

The fifth and final run came in the eighth inning on a ground-rule double by Josh Kroeger that scored Will Middlebrooks. The Rays could not push across a run as they were shut-out 5-0.

Davis was charged with the loss and is now 0-1 in the spring. Daniel Bard was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox.

Notable Performances

  • Burke Badenhop pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. 
  • Alex Colome pitched 2 shut-out innings. 
  • Dane De La Rosa pitched a shut-out inning with 2 K's. 
  • Elliot Johnson was 2 for 3. 
  • Jeff Keppinger was 2 for 3. 
  • Romulo Sanchez struck out 3. 
  • Stephen Vogt has a double. 

A Look Ahead: The Rays return home for a Sunday afternoon games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Niemann will get the start followed by Brandon Gomes, Joel Peralta, Fernando Rodney and JP Howell. Kevin Corriea is scheduled to start for the Pirates. It is also rumored that Evan Longoria will return to the Rays lineup on Sunday after being hit by a pitch on opening day.

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