The highlight of the day’s game, at least if you were watching from home, was the in booth interviews with members of the 2008 World Series team. Scott Kazmir, B.J. Upton, and more took their turns with on-air interviews, reminiscing about that storied 2008 team.
The game on-field, however, was less thrilling. Though it started well enough with a one-run lead for the Rays in the second inning when an infield hit for Willy Adames scored Carlos Gomez.
A Jose Abreu home run in the fourth tied things up for the White Sox, and so they remained until the top of the ninth when an ugly overthrow by Matt Duffy to first base allowed the Sox to score Leury Garcia, giving the Sox the lead.
As for the much-awaited return of Blake Snell: it went very well. His line for the day: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR on 59 pitches. We knew going into the game they wouldn’t stretch Snell too far, so it was nice to see him work efficiently through four innings.
He was replaced by Yonny Chirinos, whose line was remarkably similar: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K on 59 pitches. All in all a good night for Rays pitching. Unfortunately when it comes down to small ball, every mistake counts against you, and the single error by the Rays in the ninth might just have been the thing to cost them the game.
Let’s talk brutal calls: Gomez being called out when a infield catch was dropped, but the umpire called it a good out because the drop happened when the ball was transferring hands. A fair call, but still tough to stomach. Wendle got the walk immediately after, keeping the dream alive a little longer.
It all came down to Willy Adames, who was responsible for the Rays only run up until that point. You could certainly tell Adames was swinging for a walk off. A wild pitch advanced Wendle to second. But Adames ended up striking out to end the game.