(The game lasted 5 hours and 44 minutes, about the average time of a 9-inning Yankees-Red Sox game.)
The Rays came to bat 54 times on that day and blew every opportunity to knock in a run. Evan Longoria, Reid Brignac, Johnny Damon, and Justin Ruggiano all left runners in scoring position in the 9th inning or later.
At one point, 24 consecutive Rays were retired.
Scoring a run in any of the first 15 innings would have won it. But, they couldn’t deliver.
Had they won that game, they could have been 1-game out which would have made tonight even more exciting than it is.
Unfortunately, a July choke-job will almost definitely cost the Rays a taste of October and us a really meaningful game tonight.
A lot of this going on in the AL East this year.
Babb Note: Leadoff walks will kill you. The only run of the game (Josh Reddick) scored after being walked to start the 16th.