The Rays found their winning ways on Monday afternoon against the Red sox. James Shields turned in a great outing for 25 outs, and Fernando Rodney cleaned it up for the last two outs. The Rays prevented the sweep from Boston with a 1-0 win. It is a little crazy how the first 3 games of the series saw 42 runs and today's game only featured 1 lonely run.
James Shields did a masterful job pitching Monday. His line was 8.1 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, and 5 strikeouts. Shields was looking for the complete game, but with a high pitch count and a 1-out walk in the 9th, Maddon decided it was better to take him out. Fernando Rodney came in and recorded the last two outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the season. The Rays were opposed by Daniel Bard, who pitched a good game as well. His line was 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 7 walks, and 7 strikeouts. The walks would kill Bard as he walked in Evan Longoria with the bases loaded to give the Rays their only run; Bard would be handed the loss.
Here are some other notables:
- Desmond Jennings (2-4)
- Sean Rodrigez (1-3) walk, run
- Carlos Pena (1-3) 2 walks
- Evan Longoria (0-4) walk, RBI
- Cody Ross (2-4)
- David Ortiz (0-3)
- Joe Maddon collected his 500th win of his managing career today, congrats to Joe on the milestone!
- Bobby Valentine benched Kevin Youkilis Monday questioning his dedication. Valentine later apologized.
- The Rays now head to Toronto to end this 10 game road trip. They play a three-game series with the Blue Jays. They will play in their first night time game in over a week on Tuesday. The starting pitchers will be Jeff Niemann and Ricky Romero. First pitch is at 7:07.