Rays vs. Red Sox in 2008
Updated: October 10, 2008, 11:59 AM ETBy Mark Simon | ESPN Research
Before Friday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the Rays and the Red Sox met in the regular season 18 times. Here's how each of those AL East games played out:
Game 1 -- April 25 at Tampa Bay: Rays 5, Red Sox 4 (11)Recap: The inaugural meeting in the 2008 Rays-Red Sox series foreshadows what is to come the rest of the season. Tampa Bay prevails when Nathan Haynes, inserted as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth, drives in Carl Crawford with an 11th-inning single against Mike Timlin. Stat of the game:
|Most Walk-Off Wins: 2008 Season|
Game 2 -- April 26 at Tampa Bay: Rays 2, Red Sox 1Recap: Clay Buchholz has a 1-0 shutout heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the Rays rally to win. Dioner Navarro singles with one out and Akinori Iwamura homers to put Tampa Bay ahead. The Red Sox go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth against Troy Percival, and the Rays have their second straight win. Stat of the game:
|Most Games Won
With 3 Hits or Fewer: 2008
Game 3 -- April 27 at Tampa Bay: Rays 3, Red Sox 0Recap: James Shields completes a three-game Rays sweep, beating Josh Beckett by pitching a two-hit shutout. Beckett strikes out 13 batters, but still loses, thanks in part to a home run by rookie third baseman Evan Longoria. The Red Sox conclude the series with five straight losses. Stat of the game: The season-high for most strikeouts by a pitcher in 2008 was 13, done 11 times. Beckett was the only pitcher to strike out 13 and take a loss in the same game.
Game 4 -- May 2 at Boston: Red Sox 7, Rays 3Recap: The Red Sox score five runs in the fourth inning against Edwin Jackson and bash the Rays in the first meeting at Fenway Park in 2008. Dustin Pedroia leads the way with three hits and three RBIs. Stat of the game: The Red Sox averaged 3.7 runs per game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, and 6.0 runs per game against the Rays at Fenway Park.
Game 5 -- May 3 at Boston: Red Sox 12, Rays 4Recap: The Red Sox exact revenge on James Shields, who had shut them out in their previous meeting. The first four batters of the game for Boston hit safely as part of a three-run first inning. Boston scores in six of its eight turns overall and registers its second straight rout. Shields allows seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Stat of the game: James Shields, likely to pitch once at Fenway Park in the ALCS, is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in three career starts in Boston.
Game 6 -- May 4 at Boston: Red Sox 7, Rays 3Recap: Jon Lester allows one run in six innings, as the Red Sox complete a three-game sweep. Kevin Youkilis homers, has two doubles and ties a career high with four RBIs to pace the Boston offense. Boston has five stolen bases, its most in a game in nearly six years. Stat of the game: Kevin Youkilis led the Red Sox with 14 RBIs against the Rays, but hit only .232 against them.
Game 7 -- June 3 at Boston: Red Sox 7, Rays 4Recap: The Red Sox rally from a 4-3 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning to move within a half-game of first place. Jason Bartlett's error leads to two unearned runs. Coco Crisp's two-run double puts Boston ahead for good. Stat of the game: Coco Crisp hit .324 against the Rays in 2008, best among Red Sox with at least 20 plate appearances against Tampa Bay.
Game 8 -- June 4 at Boston: Red Sox 5, Rays 1Recap: The Red Sox move into first place in the AL East behind Josh Beckett's pitching and win their 12th straight at home. Beckett allows one run in six innings and three different Red Sox pitch a scoreless inning apiece to close out the game. The Rays take exception to a Coco Crisp slide on a steal attempt in the eighth inning, which would lead to an altercation the next day. Stat of the game:
|Josh Beckett vs. Rays, 2008|
Game 9 -- June 5 at Boston: Red Sox 7, Rays 1Recap: For the second straight meeting, James Shields gets pummeled at Fenway Park. Boston again attacks early, scoring on Manny Ramirez's three-run home run in the first inning. Shields and Coco Crisp are each ejected from this game after Shields hits Crisp in the bottom of the second. Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis also have an altercation in the Boston dugout. Stat of the game:
|Most HRs vs. Rays, all-time|