Isn’t it sad when that one reliever ruins it for the rest of us? We were behind, then we fought our way back, then we were behind again. It’s always awful to lose, but to lose after you’ve given yourself a chance is even worse.
Peavy was solid yet again! He gave up three runs. He went one-two-three in the first, and then he gave up his first run in the second on a triple-single combination. In the third, there was a walk-double combination. And then there was a solo shot in the fourth that could have scored two runs had Salty not caught a runner stealing second that Peavy had put on base initially with a walk. Despite two consecutive walks to lead off the fifth, he escaped that inning unscathed.
So we had to catch up. And catch up we did. Salty homered with one out in the fourth on the sixth pitch of his at-bat, and Papi led off the sixth with a homer on the third pitch of his at-bat. Then Napoli grounded out, Salty walked, and the Rays made a pitching change. After Gomes struck out, Salty stole second and scored on a double by Drew to tie it up.
Britton came on for the seventh. He got the first out of the eighth, and then De La Rosa came on and ruined it. He gave up a double before securing the inning’s second out. And that double turned into a run on another double. And then Thornton relieved him. We had an opportunity we didn’t take in the ninth, and we lost, 4-3.