Red Sox - 001 110 000 - 3 11 0 Orioles - 002 000 002 - 4 7 212:02 AM:
Robert Andino's line drive single falls in front of Carl Crawford in left field, and as Crawford fails to field the ball cleanly, Nolan Reimold scores the game-winning run. Jonathan Papelbon - entrusted with a 3-2 lead at the start of the inning - struck out the first two batters, but gave up a first-pitch double to right to Chris Davis, an RBI-double to right-center to Reimold, and Andino's game-winning single. (Shades of his meltdown in Game 3 of the 2009 ALDS.)12:06 AM:
Evan Longoria lined a solo home run just inside the left field foul pole in the bottom of the 12th inning to win the AL wild card for the Rays. Longoria had hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, when Tampa, down by seven runs with only six outs to go, began its unlikely comeback. (Nice work by Girardi to leave Proctor out there until he lost the game. The Assman faced the most batters (13) and threw the most pitches (56) of the 11 Yankee pitchers in the game.)
Yankees - 140 110 000 000 - 7 9 1 Rays - 000 000 061 001 - 8 10 1
Jon Lester / Alfredo Simon
Ellsbury, CFLester will start on three days rest for only the second time in his major league career. His first short-rest start was on April 23, 2008, against the Angels at Fenway Park. Lester (5-9-4-2-1, 80) got a ND, and Boston lost the game 6-4.
Last Saturday in New York, Lester threw only 55 pitches before being lifted. Over his last eight starts, there has been a drastic decline in his performance. Lester says he is neither hurt nor worn down from the long season, so let's hope this string of bad luck (or poor concentration or whatever the hell it is) turns around.
IP H R ER BB K ERA 0816-0906 (5 starts) 31.0 19 5 4 11 32 1.16 0911-0924 (3 starts) 13.2 21 16 16 8 10 10.45Terry Francona (last night):
This is really good for baseball, not so good for my stomach. ... I don't think I've been that nervous in a long time. Go back to the hotel and not sleep and show up tomorrow and see what we can do.Carl Crawford:
The whole game tomorrow is probably going to feel like the ninth inning of this game.Jacoby Ellsbury has hit in 35 straight games against the Orioles, dating back to April 17, 2009. ... I'd like to know what the record is for one player against a specific team.
Yankees (Dellin Betances) / Rays (David Price), 7 PM.
Wild Card Probability (%)
Cool BP Red Sox 59.1 51.5 Rays 40.9 48.5Game thread.
What Can Happen?
Red Sox win + Rays win = Red Sox at Rays, G163 tomorrow at 4 PM
Red Sox lose + Rays lose = Red Sox at Rays, G163 tomorrow at 4 PM
Red Sox win + Rays lose + Rangers win* = Red Sox at Rangers, ALDS 1, Friday at 5 PM
Red Sox win + Rays lose + Tigers lose** = Red Sox at Rangers, ALDS 1, Friday at 5 PM
Red Sox win + Rays lose + Rangers lose + Tigers win = Red Sox at Tigers, ALDS 1, Friday at 5 PM
Cleveland at Tigers, 7 PM
Rangers at Angels, 8 PM
* - Tigers game irrelevant
** - Rangers game irrelevant