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David Price goes the distance as Rays top Rangers, advance to Wild Card game

Sep 30, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

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Game 163 is in the books and the Rays are still alive.

David Price went the distance in tonight’s tiebreaker game against the Rangers to secure a 5-2 victory. The Rays will advance to the AL Wild Card game on Wednesday against the Indians in Cleveland.

Price hurled 118 pitches in the complete game victory. The southpaw didn’t have his best stuff, inducing just four swinging strikes on the night, but he issued only one walk and had two key pickoffs in the first three innings of the ballgame. While he struggled with his command early on, he retired 11 out of the final 12 batters he faced. Evan Longoria did most of the heavy lifting for the offense, going 3-for-4 with an opposite-field two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored. And fortunately, the blown call in the seventh inning didn’t end up having an impact on the result of the game.

The Rays will send Alex Cobb to the mound in Wednesday’s Wild Card game while the Indians are going with rookie Danny Salazar. The winner of the game will advance to face the Red Sox in the ALDS on Friday.

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  1. elwaysagenius - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    This game shouldn’t have happened, the Astros should only count has half-wins

    • ahenobarbuso - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      It is actually tough to be in the same division as the Astros.

      As a team in the same division you don’t want to be on the receiving side of one of the rare occurrences where they miraculously win a game (or two) on you while the other teams in your division are sweeping them. I would rather have another Athletics quality team rather than the sporadic Astros. It would probably mean no AL West in the wildcard, but the division would be more level and the best team would make it to the playoffs (which isn’t necessarily the case as it stands).

      I actually wish they would pack up and move off to somewhere near California and Texas could join the AL central; playing all these California teams with the horrible time differences is annoying.

      • thekingdave - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        The Rangers, who with the exception of the last 5 years or so have bounced between being complete dog shit and the dried up kind that isn’t so awful, stays in Texas. And the Astros should move to California for the benefit of this said dog shit franchise. Ok. By the way I’m completely comfortable receiving 8 million down votes for this.

      • stex52 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        That’s kind of a bizarre argument, barbuso. I’d ask you to elaborate, but I imagine it would get worse.

      • ahenobarbuso - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        @stex52

        Yeah.., that reply sort of trailed off there out of frustration yesterday.

        I only meant to imply that the AL West would benefit from a more consistent Astro’s team rather that one that plays surprisingly good at times while below single-A level at others.

      • ahenobarbuso - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        I also think having a really poor team in a division sort of kills winning streaks as well.

        When you play a team like the Astros the quality of your play often decreases to somewhere just above their level. Then when you go on to play the next team all of the sudden you lose because you are use to playing at a below Major League level. I think most of the Rangers slumps this year occurred after playing the Astros then losing to the next team.

        @thekingdave
        Regarding moving the Astros, this isn’t just for the Rangers benefit but for theirs as well. I think a change of scenery would do them good, their fan base is dwindling by the day, and frankly no free agent wants to sign for them and play in the Texas heat for a horrible team with almost zero fan support. It will be increasingly difficult to sign quality talent if they stay here. Moving them into the same time zone as the other AL West teams would increase TV ratings for that league as well.

        Texas should be in the AL Central, and with only one team in Texas that would be an easier move to make.

  2. ahenobarbuso - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    The Rangers should have never messed with C.J. Wilson’s balls, this is karma coming back to bite them.

    At least Cruz didn’t get booed off the field like I thought he was going to be.

    …though I don’t know which is a worse note to leave Texas on: getting suspended for PEDs or coming back and going 0 of 3 in a season ending tiebreaker. I guess it could have been worse though, he could have been playing in the outfield and committed a game deciding error.

    • km9000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      I was listening to the end of the game on the Rays’ feed. They talked about how they hoped Cruz would make the last out, for karma’s sake. As much as I like the Rays organization… I’m not sure their announcers should be talking up karma.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Nobody should be talking karma, unless somebody knows of a team on which nobody has cheated or broken laws.

  3. raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Whatever happens, happens, but Cobb on the hill with the whole pen fresh is about as ideal as it gets for the Rays. That CG dealt by Price was huge as it set up both tonight’s win and that situation for the game coming up on Wednesday.

    • jwbiii - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Price was throwing a lot of pitches in the first few innings and it looked like it was going to be an early shower for him and another long night for the bullpen. He pulled it together and saved the ‘pen, which was about the best outcome the Rays could have hoped for.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        Fortunately Maddon is a pretty patient manager. His faith in Price paid off.

  4. yahmule - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Nice performance by Price. Really easy to pull for that guy.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Hey Sally, how about that revolt by Price? I sure hope you’re wearing your “I Believe in David Price” button to work today.

    • stex52 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Yeah. No faith at all. She of the magic plantains should have known all would be well.

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