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Rays Avoid Sweep in Chicago
The Rays were able to snap their losing streak at the end of this series against Chicago. Here is a recap of the series.
In the first game of the series, Drew Smyly took the mound for the Rays and familiar face James Shields took the mound for the White Sox. The first run of the night came in from a sac fly from Justin Morneau that scored Melky Cabrera in the bottom of the first. This gave the White Sox an early 1-0 lead on the Rays. In the top of the 4th the Rays tied it up with an RBI single from Casali that scored Decker. However, in the bottom of the 4th the White Sox took the lead with another sac fly. This time it was from Narvaez which scored Frazier. Score 1-2. In the bottom of the 5th, Leury Garcia scored on an infield single by Jose Abreu. In the bottom of the 7th, Kevin Jepsen gave up a home run to Justin Morneau that scored Jose Abreu. Next inning, Enny Romero gave up a home run to Sanchez that scored Narvaez. The Rays were unable to make up the runs and lost to the White Sox 1-7. This happened to be James Shields’s first win in two months.
Rays: 1 White Sox: 7
WP: J. Shields (4-11)
LP: D. Smyly (7-12)
In the 2nd game of the series, Alex Cobb took the mound for Tampa and Chris Sale took the mound for Chicago. Cobb struggled early against the White Sox. In the bottom of the first, Anderson had an RBI single that scored Eaton. After that, Melky Cabrera homered and scored Anderson causing the White Sox to lead by 3 runs. In the top of the 2nd, Alexei Ramirez gained two RBI’s with a single that scored both Casali and Mahtook. Score 2-3. In the bottom of the 2nd, Eaton had a RBI single that scored Leury Garcia. Anderson then proceeded to score Eaton on a RBI double. Next inning, the White Sox gained more runs with a three run homer from Leury Garcia. In the top of the 4th, Casali homered causing the score to be 3-8. In the bottom of the 5th, Chase Whitley came into pitch for the Rays. Morneau and Frazier both scored on an infield single from Sanchez. In the bottom of the 8th, Whitley gave up a homer to Anderson. On top of that, Shuck scored on an RBI single from Coats and Abreu scored on an RBI single from Frazier. Score at this point 3-13. In the top of the 9th, Querecuto had his first hit in the majors (a triple!) that scored Ramirez and Shaffer. Dickerson also gained an RBI single scoring Querecuto. The Rays were unable to make up the run deficit and lost 6-13.
Rays: 6 White Sox: 13
WP: C. Sale (17-9)
LP: A. Cobb (1-2)
The third game in the series started late due to a rain delay. Blake Snell took the mound for Tampa and Gonzalez pitched for Chicago. In his last start of the season, Snell only went 2.2 innings due to the rain delay. The only run of the game came in the 7th inning when Todd Frazier hit his 40th homerun of the season off of Eddie Gamboa. Final Score 0-1 White Sox.
Rays: 0 White Sox: 1
WP: M. Gonzalez (5-8)
LP: E. Gamboa (0-2)
S: D. Robertson (37)
In the final game of the series, Chris Archer pitched for the Rays and Quintana pitched for the White Sox. In the top of the 2nd, Miller scored on Ramirez’s RBI single. This gave the Rays an early 1-0 lead over the White Sox. In the top of the 4th, Mikie Mahtook had his 3rd home run of the year and extended the score to 2-0. In the bottom of the 6th, Anderson scored on a ground out from Cabrera. The Rays once again got hot in the 7th inning. Casali had an RBI single that scored Mahtook. After that, Kiermaier singled and scored Ramirez. Then, Longoria hit a sacrifice fly that scored Casali. This caused the Rays to lead 5-1. In the bottom of the 7th, the White Sox gained two runs when Sanchez homered scoring Avila. No other runs were made for the rest of the game and the Rays beat the White Sox 5-3. Chris Archer reached 200 innings for the year with this game.
Rays: 5 White Sox: 3
WP: C. Archer (9-19)
LP: J. Quintana (13-12)
S: A. Colome (36)
Probables @ Texas
9/30- Andriese (8-7) v Darvish (6-5)
10/1- Odorizzi (9-6) v Lewis (6-4)
10/2- Whitley (0-0) v Perez (10-11)