2008
POST-SEASON

AL Playoffs Round 1


Sox vs Rays

Games 1 and 2
October 2-3

Series opens in
St. Petersburg
Starting Pitchers:

Javier Vazquez (12-16)
vs.
James Shields (14-8)
The Citrus Connection

  • Sox open ALDS in Tropicana Field
  • 2005 Sox WON WS in Minute Maid Park
  • "Minute Maid" = orange juice brand name!
  • "Tropicana" = orange juice brand name!

    Good vibes, baby, good vibes!
  • In spite of orange juice karma. . .

  • The experts do not favor our Sox
  • They opine that Tampa Bay has better  
  • pitching and better hitting. . .
  • Plus the name change from Devil Rays
  • to Rays gives huge boost to team mojo!  
  • Game 1 Scoring

  • Rookie Evan Longoria homers in 2nd
    Rays lead 1-0
  • Rookie Dewayne Wise homers in 3rd
    Sox lead 3-1
  • Key triple (Iwamura) and double (Navarro)
    allow Rays to tie it in 3rd, and. . .
  • . . . Rookie Evan Longoria homers in 3rd
    Rays lead 4-3
  • Longoria and Crawford drive in 2 more in 5th
    Rays lead 6-3
  • Sox load bases in 7th. . . Uribe and Cabrera fan
    Rays lead 6-3
  • Konerko homers in 9th but it's a case of. . .
    too little too late! Rays prevail, 6-4
  • Game 2 Pitchers

    Mark Buehrle (14-10) for Sox

    Scott Kazmir (12-8) for Rays
    Game 2
    Top of the First
    Four Sox bat with bases loaded!   

  • Konerko pops up for first out
  • Thome singles to right for one run
  • Alexei Ramirez hits sac fly for second run
  • Uribe strikes out to end inning

    NO MORE RUNS FOR REST OF GAME   
  • In the meantime. . .

  • 2nd Inning: Aybar on 1st, Baldelli lines out . . .
  • . . . to Ramirez who throws ball into dugout!
  • Aybar then scores on Navarro single
  • 5th inning: Rays take 3-2 lead on Iwamura HR!
  • 7th: Sox put 2 on, reliever Howell retires next 3
  • 8th: Upton triples, Crawford hit chases Buehrle. . .
  • . . . Rays score 2 more . . . final score: Rays, 6-2
  • Jermaine Dye has four hits for the day. . .
    . . . with zero runs scored and zero RBI's!
    Sox leave a ton of baserunners!
    Sox return to Chicago
    down two and in a
    MUST WIN situation!
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