Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially American League Division Champions! One series down, two more to go! We are a strong team. We are a really strong team, and we should feel very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. But I have to say, I’m still hungry, so I’m psyched to keep it going.
Peavy was an absolute master. The game was tied at zero until the sixth inning. Peavy was just mowing right through the Rays’ lineup like they were minor leaguers. It was awesome.
Except for the fact that it was Peavy who cracked first. It was a double-single combination. And we didn’t have answer for it. I just can’t believe we actually lost a playoff game with a final score of 1-0. That’s rough. And the series could have been tied.
Breslow came on for the inning’s last out. If it were not for the seventh inning, during which Gomes flied out, Bogaerts walked, Middlebrooks struck out, Ellsbury singled, and between a steal, a wild pitch, and a single, Bogaerts and Ellsbury both scored. And we took the lead. Just like that.
Tazawa replaced Breslow one out and one single into the eighth. We added insurance in the ninth thanks to two walks, a hit batsman, and a sac fly.
And so the final score was 3-1. Think about how close we were to having the series tied at two. And then think about how the relief corps and the offense rallied to keep that from happening. Now the Rays are eliminated and we’re moving on to the ALCS. Life is good.