The Rays and their 8 game road winning streak became the latest victims of the buzzsaw that is the Cleveland Indians. By winning last night the tribe earned their 14th consecutive home win.
How did they do it? To put it briefly: bases on balls. Eleven walks is far too many to give up and expect a victory, and the Rays didn't get a victory. Andy Sonnanstine made the spot start and had quite a poor outing, so in game two, Rays fans are hoping their ace can clear away any memories of the disaster that was last night.
David Price will toe the rubber and try to hand the Indians just their third home loss of the season. He’s coming off of a phenomenal start where he went deep into the game, striking out 10 and giving up a mere 4 hits. And for those who are concerned about the Rays pitching giving up too many walks of late (23% of their season total in the last 3 games), Price has a mere 1.63 BB/9 coming into the game. Joe Maddon will be hoping Price can once again help the bullpen out by going deep, as we have become accustomed to seeing.
First pitch is at 7:05, and hopefully the last pitch will be earlier than it was last night when the game went past midnight.