There was a massacre in Boston last night, but this one took place at Fenway Park. BJ Upton hit a three-run home run and Evan Longoria also homered off Jon Lester and then Rocco Baldelli and Carlos Pena both hit towering shots over the Green Monster to give the Rays a dominating 9-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Going into tonights game, the Rays hold a 2-1 overall lead in the series.
Even though the Tampa Bay Rays took a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, it’s way to early to say the Boston Red Sox are done. The team has come back many times in the playoffs. Boston rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Cleveland in last year’s ALCS and overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, going on to win the World Series in each season.
But last night may have been a season defining win for the Cinderella Rays. I’ve been telling people since March to watch out for this young and talented team. Yes, I went to school and played Little League in the Petaluma American Little League with Jonny Gomes and his brother Joey but I’m not biased. This team has talent.
From Sports Illustrated/CNN:
Downplay it all you want. After Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday, that’s what both the Rays and the Red Sox tried to do.
But let’s not be fooled here. Tampa Bay’s 9-1 win Monday night in Fenway Park was hugely important. Perhaps history-making important. The Rays just took down Boston’s best pitcher. Beat him like a dirty rug. Knocked him around the park as if he had “Rawlings” stamped on his backside.
And Tuesday night, in Game 4 of the ALCS, Tampa Bay will take its swings against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield who hasn’t exactly been Mr. October in recent years. Wakefield hasn’t pitched in this postseason yet, but in his last nine playoff games, going back to the start of the 2003 ALCS, Wakefield is just 3-3. He has a 6.43 ERA.
This is where we stand in an ALCS that was practically unseeable four months ago. The Rays are up two games to one in the best-of-seven series. They’ve wrested home-field advantage back from the Sox. They just made Jon Lester the undisputed ace of the Sox, look like a joker.
Doesn’t all of that say something? Anything?
“It doesn’t say a thing,” Tampa Bay relieve r J.P. Howell said through his teeth — with a straight face, even — after the game. “Their 2, 3, 4 and 5 guys are all pretty good, too.”