For the second consecutive night, the Tampa Bay Rays put themselves in a first-inning hole, yet this time they not only closed the gap, but they also pulled ahead and never looked back.
After dropping the first game of a four-game series to the Angels, 5-3, on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays look to get back on the winning side of the ledger tonight.
On the heels of the three-game set against the Athletics, the Tampa Bay Rays continue their homestand on Thursday evening, when they open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
After a good number of well executed sac-bunts, seven stolen bases, and a 12th inning act of heroics from Salvador Perez, the Kansas City Royals find themselves as participants in this year’s ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Suffice it to say, the Angels became an indestructible force this season. Tacking on 20 wins to its 2013 total, Los Angeles earned home-field advantage through the AL playoffs, boasting a pretty powerful lineup which includes some guy named Mike Trout — maybe you’ve heard of him.
A couple of questions lingered prior to the first pitch Friday night; would the Rays be able to bounce back from another disappointing loss, and could Chris Archer put together a decent outing — that is, decent enough to keep the Rays in the game. The resounding answers to both, yes and yes. Tampa Bay took the second game of the series against the Angels by a score of 3-0, thanks to an improved outing by Chris Archer, and key hits in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings…and the ‘pen wasn’t half bad either.