Upstart Rays Lose to Mighty Red Sox in Game One

wayne chamberlainContributor IOctober 11, 2008

While it may seem obvious that the Red Sox were putting the Rays in their place last night, I don't think that is the case. As the eternal optimist, I would like to point out that the Red Sox only scored two runs and left a lot of men on base.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a great game, as he should have after a great season. The Red Sox are on a roll, and there might be some questions as to whether or not the Rays are the ones who can take them out.

The Rays are the ones to beat Boston and did not lose to a better team Friday night—they lost to themselves.

It was in the eighth inning that they should have taken the game, with Akinori Iwamura on second with no outs and B.J. Upton still at bat. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria still to go. Carlos Pena flies out, and Longoria grounds out to a double play.

What could have been had they chosen their pitches better?