On this date in Rays history; the team had a future Hall of Famer pitch the 9th, the 1st career home runs of 2 future stars of the D-Ray era, cut ties with the 'Fossum Flip', set the franchise team win mark, and another thrilling walk-off win
1999 - The score was 16-1 in this blowout game in the top of the 8th. The Orioles had just scored another run when Mike Duvall hit Will Clark with a pitch. The bases were still loaded when Wade Boggs was called upon pitch. Boggs had pitched once before for the New York Yankees in the 1997 season, he pitched a scoreless 8th inning facing 4 batters, walked 1 and struck out 1. So back to the Trop, Boggs was in with the bases loaded and Charles Johnson was up to bat. Boggs got Johnson to a 3-2 count, and was able to get him to fly to right to get out of the inning. When the top of the 9th came, Boggs went right back to the mound and got Delino DeShields to strike out looking, then got Ryan Minor to groundout. Boggs' success came to end though, he allowed a double to Rich Amaral, who advanced to 3rd on an error during the play, he then scored on a single by Mike Bordick. Boggs allowed another single by Jeff Conine, but he was able to get out of the inning by getting Albert Belle to fly out.
Boggs line on the day: 1.1IP/3H/1R/1ER/0BB/1K
2000 - Aubrey Huff was just a week into his major league career when he came up to bat in the 1st inning against Jason Ryan. The D-Rays offense had already chased the Twins starting pitcher, Joe Mays from the game after only getting 1 out. Huff was at the plate with 2 outs and 2 runners on. Huff wasted no time at all in this at bat and took Ryan's first pitch and sent it over the right field fence for a 3 run home run. Huff went on to be one the D-Rays few bright spots during the 02'-06' seasons. He was traded to the Houston Astros on July 12th, 2006 for Ben Zobrist and Mitch Talbot.
Huff has held many franchise records, including:
- 3rd in games played, runs scored, and runs batted in
- 2nd in hits and home runs
2002 - Carl Crawford had been having great success since he had been called up, but he had yet to get his first big league home run, that was fixing to change. The D-Rays were up against the Kansas City Royals, and Crawford was coming up for the 2nd time of the game in the top of 2nd. Crawford came up with 2 on and 2 out and he was set to face Shawn Sedlacek. Crawford jumped on Sedlacek's first pitch and mashed it over the wall in right-center field for his first career home-run, a 3-run bomb.
There are a lot of similarities about Huff's and Crawford's first big league homers, both came with 2 on and 2 out, on the first pitch, and during an August 10th game.
Crawford pretty much owns all of the Rays records
- 1st in games, runs, hits, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and best career average
2011 - In August of last year, many Rays fans were getting doubtful about the Rays chances of making the playoffs and were beginning to think of next year, this game changed that. The Kansas City Royals came into town and so far lost every game and the Rays had brooms in their eyes. Heading into the top of the 9th, the Royals were looking to add some insurance runs to their tight 4-3 lead and they did just that against the Rays bulpen. Brandon Gomes retired the first 2 batters of the inning, but then allowed a double to Alcides Escobar, so Joe Maddon made the call to the bull pen to bring in Jake McGee. McGee walked the first batter he faced, Alex Gordon, then came Melky Cabrera. Cabrera golfed a McGee fastball of the left-center field wall for a 3-run home run and made the game 7-3. After that, McGee was able to strike out Billy Butler, but the damage had been done. In the bottom of the 9th, the Royals called upon Aaron Crow. Matt Joyce greeted Crow with a single, then Johnny Damon followed with another single. Royals manager, Ned Yost had seen enough and went to his closer, Joakim Soria. Soria was called to face Evan Longoria in a battle of all-stars. Longoria took Soria's first pitch for a ball, on the next one, he stroked it into the left center field gap for a double and scored Joyce and advanced Damon to 3rd, the score is now 7-4. Ben Zobrist would ground out to score Damon and move Longoria to 3rd to make the score 7-5. Casey Kotchman would hit a grounder to 2nd that the Royals infield struggled to get control of to score Longoria and make it a 1 run game at 7-6. Elliot Johnson was called to pinch run for Kotchman. Next up was B.J. Upton, who struck out swinging to bring up Sam Fuld with 2 outs and Johnson on 1st. Fuld took Soria's first 2 pitches, a ball and a called strike. The next pitch, Fuld crushed it to the right-center field cap one hopping it against the wall. Jeff Francoeur barehanded it and rifled the ball into the infield. Johnson scored easily to tie the game, Francoeur's throw was cut off by Johnny Giavotella who quickly fired the ball to 3rd in attempt to nail Fuld, but Giavotella short hopped the throw and it bounced by the 3rd baseman, Mike Moustakas. Fuld slid in head first and when he picked his head up, he seen Tom Foley throwing his arms, telling Fuld to go and the back of Moustakas' uniform heading towards the ball. Fuld jumped up and made the 90ft dash towards home and went down again head first, going to the right of Salvador Perez just as he caught the ball but Fuld got his hand in just before the tag and the call was safe. The Rays mobbed Fuld as he was still laying on the ground and the team celebrated it's 5-run walk off victory and sweep over the Kansas City Royals
1998 - Lost 2-1 to the Orioles http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA199808100.shtml
1999 - Lost 17-1 to the Orioles http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA199908100.shtml
2000 - Won 10-4 against the Twins http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA200008100.shtml
2001 - Won 4-2 against the Twins http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA200108100.shtml
2002 - Won 13-6 against the Royals http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA200208100.shtml
2003 - Lost 7-3 to the Royals http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA200308100.shtml
2004 - Lost 8-4 to the Red Sox http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS200408100.shtml
2005 - Lost 5-9 to the Orioles http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL200508100.shtml
2006 - Off-day
2007 - Lost 4-7 to the Mariners http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TEX/TEX200708100.shtml
2008 - Won 11-3 against the Mariners http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SEA/SEA200808100.shtml
2009 - Won 10-4 against the Mariners http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SEA/SEA200908080.shtml
2010 - Won 8-0 against the Tigers http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET201008100.shtml
2011 - Won 8-7 against the Royals http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA201108100.shtml
And that's what happened today in Rays history, thank you for reading.