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Jordan Luplow’s grand slam highlighted a five-point first inning as the Rays turned a two-point deficit to a 5-2 lead in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday at the Tropicana Field.
Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco scored a single and Nelson Cruz walked to fill the goals with one out against Boston starter Chris Sale, who only lasted one inning. After Yandy Diaz chose to drive in Arozarena, Luplow jumped on a high fastball and drove it into the left-field seats, giving Tampa Bay a 5-2 lead.
The Red Sox pounced on Shane Baz in the first half of the inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Kyle Schwarber walked on a walk and Enrique Hernandez doubled up to put the runners in second and third place without an out. Xander Bogaerts brought Schwarber home with the Red Sox’s first point in the series with a straight single, and Alex Verdugo called with a center single to give Boston a 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox loaded the goals with one out, but Baz got Hunter Renfroe to hit in a late-inning double play to escape the jam.
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Red Sox at batting (Shane Baz pitcher)
Christian Vazquez single to right field
Christian Arroyo stumbled over third baseman Yandy Diaz, advancing Vazquez to second.
Kyle Schwarber hits while swinging on 84 mph curve
Enrique Hernandez crushes shortstop Wander Franco
Batting rays (Tanner Houck pitcher)
Kevin Kiermaier flies off for Enrique Hernandez on center field warning track
Randy Arozarena hits while swinging, losing his bat by beating an 84 mph slider
Red Sox at batting (Shane Baz pitcher)
Kyle Schwarber draws an opening step for the match
Enrique Hernandez doubles the third base line, putting the runners in second and third without an out.
Rafael Devers hits while swinging on a fastball at 98 mph
Xander Bogaerts bounces a single in right field, scoring Schwarber and moving Hernandez to third. Boston has runners in the corners with one out. Red Sox 1, Spokes 0.
Alex Verdugo lines up a single down the center, scoring Hernandez and moving Bogaerts to second. The Red Sox have two more with just one strikeout. Red Sox 2, Spokes 0.
JD Martinez hits right field with the tip of his stick, charging the goal with an out.
Hunter Renfroe goes into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, Wander Franco to Brandon Lowe to Jordan Luplow.
Batting rays (Chris Sale pitcher)
Randy Arozarena hits hard on the glove of shortstop Xander Bogaerts in left center field
Wander Franco goes the other way, single in right field to put the runners in first and second without an out.
Brandon Lowe hits while swinging over 79mph slider
Nelson Cruz draws a goal on four shots, charging the goals with one out
Yandy Diaz single to right field, scoring Arozarena. Hunter Renfroe held Franco in third place with a solid home pitch. Red Sox 2, Spokes 1.
Wow! Jordan Luplow drove a 94 mph four-seam fastball into the left-field seats for a grand slam, and the Rays suddenly had a three-point lead. Spokes 5, Red Sox 2.
Manuel Margot flies off for right-hander Hunter Renfroe
Mike Zunino hits while swinging on a shattering ball
(The Rays lead 5-2 after a set)
Pre-match scout report
It’s no longer “The Little Ball Club That Could,” the outperforming Small Market squad that slipped wide-eyed into the playoffs, the surprise guest making a feel-good story today but who is quickly forgotten tomorrow.
No, the Rays made it known on Thursday that they are the team to beat this playoffs, outright.
Starting pitcher Shane McClanahan was virtually untouchable for five innings and, aside from a single goal-laden strike out JP Feyereisen escaped in the eighth, three relievers blocked the remainder of the Rays’ 5-0 win over the Red Sox. in Game 1 of the American League Division series.
Randy Arozarena brought up memories of his spectacular 2020 playoffs by hitting base three times and crushing a Nick Pivetta field 397 feet into the left field seats, then added a new twist by flying home for the last run of the Rays – the first consecutive steal of the plate in the playoffs since Jackie Robinson in 1955.
Rookie Wander Franco proved the stage wasn’t too big for him with two doubles and an RBI, while Nelson Cruz showed this formation can fight with the best of them with a home run on the C -ring in the center of the field.
And outfielder and Seminole native Brett Phillips has continued to show he’s the best sideshow in the MLB, cheering on his dugout teammates after being left off the divisional playoff list.
Which brings us to Game 2 of the Best of Five Series tonight at Tropicana Field.
The Rays have a chance to come close to a win to win the series before a game is played in Boston when rookie Shane Baz (2-0) takes on Lakeland native Chris Sale (5-1) tonight. at 7:02 p.m. (FS1).
In an unusual twist, Tampa Bay is sticking to the same batting order / field layout of Game 1 after using 158 different rosters during the regular season.
The Red Sox have named hitter JD Martinez to their roster for the first time in the series. Martinez missed Thursday’s game with an ankle problem.
Boston changed their roster as well, adding right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes after Garrett Richards suffered hamstring strain in Game 1.
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