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Rays 5, White Sox 6: Walk Off Walk Ends Rays Road Trip

They won the series in Chicago, but a walk off walk always stings a little more.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Since today's game wasn't television we'll give you a quick hit recap, going over the most important details.

The loss drops the Rays back below .500 yet still somehow within striking distance of the second wild card spot.

  • Erasmo Ramirez had allowed two earned runs or less in 10 of his previous 11 starts. He would have done so today, had it not been for that meddling first inning. He allowed the first five men to reach base and they all came around to score, capped by Avisail Garcia's three run homer. It seemed like a short day was in store for Ramirez, and would be especially bad for the Rays considering they have a short bullpen at the moment. Instead, Ramirez rebounded to throw six innings and allowed only two baserunners after the first. Certainly not a great outing, but impressive considering the circumstances.
  • The offense scored five runs, which is good, but it's hard not to be disappointed they didn't score more. In the top of the second they loaded the bases with one out but Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera were unable to bring home any runs. They could have had first and third with one out in the seventh inning but bad baserunning and bad luck cost the Rays an out. With Evan Longoria on first Asdrubal Cabrera picked up his fourth hit by singling to right field. Longoria was running on the pitch and advanced to third easily but Cabrera got caught between first and second. The White Sox bungled the run down and Cabera had a path back to first if he could outrun Alexei Ramirez. It looked as though he did, but Ramirez dove and must have just glanced the back of Cabrera's pant leg. The call on the field was an out and there was no "conclusive evidence" on the replay to overturn it. I'll take this time to cry once again about that aspect of the replay system. The call on the field should not factor into the decision of whoever is looking at the replay in New York. Let him make the call he wants without the call on the field influencing his decision making. Anyway, James Loney grounded out to end the inning.
  • Lets move on to the things the Rays did well on offense. They scored two runs in the third with back-to-back two out doubles from Longoria and Logan Forsythe and a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. They picked up two additional runs in the fifth on a Longoria homer, Forsythe single and Cabrera double. With two outs in the eighth and the team down a run, Brandon Guyer doubled off the wall in left-center scored Curt Casali all the way from first to tie the game. The rays 1,3,4,5 hitters went a combined 10-18 with all five RBI and four runs scored.
  • Longoria has been red hot. Over his past 12 games he's increased his OPS over .50 points to .783 and his slash line now sits at .279/.348/.435.
  • Scary moment in the tenth inning when the throw from Casali deflected off Cabrera's glove and hit him in the ear/temple. He stayed in for the next three batters but took a knee on the field had had to be removed. The team says it's just a contusion and not a concussion, so that's good news.
  • Brad Boxberger allowed his fifth walk-off loss of the season, and the Rays' MLB leading eighth overall. After Adam Eaton singled and advanced to third on a steal and deflected throw, Boxberger recorded the first out, but Kevin Cash then ordered him to intentionally walk the next two batters, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera. He unintentionally walked Avisail Garcia to end the game. Afterwards Boxberger said he didn't agree with the second intentional walk, but that there was nothing he could do about it. It's a tough situation for a pitcher. You disrupt his rhythm by having him throw eight straight balls and then ask him to throw strikes again. I get it. On other hand, Boxberger, your job is to throw strikes. You could have avoided a walk-off walk by doing that.