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Youthful Rays appear rattled in Game 1 rout

Oct 4, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

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Technically, the Rays went errorless in Friday’s 12-2 loss to the Red Sox. Which just further demonstrates how silly judging things based on errors can be.

After three innings without allowing a hit, Matt Moore gave up a Dustin Pedroia single to start the fourth with the Rays up 2-0. David Ortiz followed with a long drive to the warning track in right. Wil Myers had the ball lined up, only to let it drop at the last minute. He thought someone called him off, though center fielder Desmond Jennings did no such thing. The incident happened in front of the Red Sox bullpen, but if a reliever was trying to throw Myers off, it wasn’t captured on camera. Maybe a fan called for the ball, though with all the noise, it’s hard to see how that would have gotten through. Myers, himself, didn’t seem to have any idea who called him off. Perhaps we’ll find out after the game (And we did, Myers said he wasn’t called off, just that he saw Jennings out of the corner of his eye and gave up on the ball).

The ball ended up bouncing over the fence for a double. And the floodgates were opened. With the score tied 2-2, Stephen Drew hit a little grounder to James Loney‘s right that the first baseman handled. Moore was just a smidgen late getting over to cover, then compounded his mistake by realizing too late that Jonny Gomes was trying to score from second. That made it 3-2. Jacoby Ellsbury later reached on a strikeout/passed ball. The inning ended at 5-2.

The follies kept coming in the fifth. Mike Napoli should have been thrown out easily trying for second on his shot off the Green Monster, but Sean Rodriguez‘s throw was poor and he was called safe (though he appeared to be out anyway). An intentional walk followed, then came another double, again poorly played by Rodriguez. That resulted in Moore’s exit. After the second out of the inning, Will Middlebrooks was intentionally walked. Ellsbury then hit a shot back up the middle that ricocheted off Wesley Wright‘s glove and past Yunel Escobar at shortstop. 8-2.

Four more runs followed in the eighth.

Myers, the AL Rookie of the Year favorite, heard it all game after his miscue and finished 0-for-4.

Moore, a 17-game winner in the regular season, ended up allowing eight runs — seven earned — in 4 1/3 innings. Maybe only three of those runs were truly earned, but the fourth-inning mental error loomed large.

The Rays will probably put Moore in the pen for the rest of the series now, though he likely won’t be available until Game 4. Because of the two off days, Game 2 starter David Price can come back and pitch if there’s a Game 5.

  1. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    There was nothing evident to suggest anyone in the bullpen called him off.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Both Myers and Madden just admitted no one called him off.

  3. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Doesn’t stop Matt from reporting it, though.

  4. aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I definitely did not see that coming. Great win for the Sox.

    • ienjoysensi - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Aceshigh… I do recall reading a stupid comment earlier about how the end is near for the Red Sox ??? Arent you a sox fan ? Pretty pathetic if you gave up on them before the series started . Bostons pitching is just as good as tampas and their bats are much better. Not sure how this is so suprising ? Now to the REAL red sox fans who knew this was coming . GOOD WIN FOR THR BEARDED BOYS

  5. keltictim - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Ill do you one better aces. I’m a die hard sox fan and didn’t see this whole season coming. After the bobby “look at me” valentine experiment I would have been ecstatic with a wildcard berth followed by a quick exit. No way in h e double hockey sticks would I thought the turn around to be so fast.

  6. mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Um, actually replays showed Napoli was safe. They showed it numerous times from numerous angles…how could you possibly insinuate it was a blown call?

    So much erroneous writing here. I’ve got an idea, let’s make guesses as to what happened out on the field before any player gets a chance to respond, and also ignore replays which are readily available during the game.

    The facts….plenty of great pitching on the Rays staff to make life tough for the Sox, plenty of productive bats on the Sox to make life difficult for the Rays. May the best team win!!!!

    Go beards!

  7. 18thstreet - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Assuming that the series goes five games, it will be interesting to see if Joe Maddon finds a different right fielder for the finale. I really think Fenway got into Wil Myers’s head.

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