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Rays roar back with six in eighth, trail Yankees 7-6

Sep 28, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Johnny Damon AP

The Rays finally got to the Yankees’ eighth and ninth pitchers of the night.

After being held to two hits over seven scoreless innings, the Rays came back with six runs off Boone Logan and Luis Ayala in the bottom of the eighth tonight.  Evan Longoria‘s three-run homer was the big blast.

The Rays also scored twice without hits: Ayala walked Sam Fuld with the bases loaded and then plunked Sean Rodriguez for another run.

For some reason, Joe Girardi left Ayala in to finish the inning.  Except for starter Dellin Betances, who faced nine batters, none of the Yankees’ eight pitchers had faced more than five batters.  That is until the terribly ineffective Ayala got to face seven.

Maybe Girardi hates the Red Sox, too.

  1. Joe - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    7-7. That was clutch for Johnson. Us Sox fans were feeling pretty good about an hour ago. Now, not so much.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Holy shit, Dan Johnson. Unreal.

  3. plmathfoto - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Absolute crap that they didn’t use Rivera with a one run lead in a game that important, he’s rested, I know it’s not important to them, but come on

    • paperlions - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      The Yankees owe nothing to anyone but to put themselves in the best position to win the WS…..same as every other team.

      If Boston could have played .400 baseball this past month, it wouldn’t matter….no one’s fault but their own.

    • Glenn - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      Absolutely. He’d still be rested and ready to go for the playoffs. The Yanks don’t owe anyone anything – they earned the right to rest who they want, but I would think it would be good to use Rivera there.

    • Glenn - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      Plus Girardi got cute using guys for one batter and now he may have to use a position player to pitch. There is no excuse for that with expanded rosters.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:50 AM

      get real, why should they bother doing that? only a fool would or a redscum fan

  4. Reggie's Bush - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Is there anything better than this!?!?!?!?

  5. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    WOW. UN BE LIEVE ABLE. Theres some magic in Tampa Bay! GO RAYS. I just cant help rooting for them when they have 1/3rd the payroll of the rest of the division teams and yet they still contend year after year

  6. urteamsux52 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    GO RAYS HELL YEAH YOU ALL THOUGHT IT WAS OVER HERE WE COME B-OTCHES NOT DONE YET

  7. plmathfoto - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Not a Phillies fan, but they’re in the exact same situation as the Yankees and they played a decent lineup, and pitched their guys too, true Hamels didn’t start, but they used Madson, etc, not like the Yankees are doing trotting out that lineup and those pitchers.

    • hittfamily - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      That lineup?

      You mean the same one they will use in the playoffs. Arod was scratched, meaning he would have started. Who should have been in the starting lineup that wasn’t? You are a bitter Sox fan expecting a gift from a team that could have trotted out a AAA lineup, but instead played 8 allstars plus Gardener.

      Cano, Jeter, Texeira, Granderson, Swisher, Jones, Chavez, Posada,

      Yeah, they mailed it in

  8. bigleagues - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    See what I wrote about the 8th and 9th at http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/28/if-i-dont-survive-the-night-i-love-you-all/comment-page-1/#comment-200353

    The Curse of Curly is now upon us . . .

  9. bigleagues - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Sox/O’s are back have Resumed at 10:58 PM.

    And Aceves promptly plunks the easiest out in the lineup – Mark Reynolds.

  10. urteamsux52 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    boston two hit batters you all need pitching bad

  11. hittfamily - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    I say this as a Rays fan in full disclosure.

    That was f_cking unbelievable. Down 7-0 in the 8th, and it goes to extra innings. That was the 2 most exciting innings I have ever seen. Ever!!!! I have never seen a more improbable comeback with so much on the line. Maddon trusts .108 hitting Dan Johnson with 2 outs in the 9th. Manager of the year. Comeback of my life!!!! Unbelievable!!!!

  12. bigleagues - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Congratulations Rays Fan: Your team FULL earned it.

    Curly’s Curse is now upon us . . . may Dan Shaugnessy’s words forever live in infamy.

    Honorable mentions to NESN and Boston Herald for declaring the Sox team “best evah” before a pitch was ever thrown.

  13. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Ok so its official, Craigy boy said the redscum were gonna win the AL east. They didnt even make the postseason!!!! hahahhahaaa and they pay him for that? yikes!!

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