Coming off Tuesday night’s disappointing loss — their first setback in six games — the Tampa Bay Rays had two choices: point fingers or realize it’s just one game and move on.
They wisely chose the latter, something Wednesday night’s 5-1 win over the Boston Red Sox attests to.
Starting pitching again led the way, with David Price going the distance for his third complete game, all of which came during the team’s red-hot month of July. For Price, efficiency has been key. He threw 97 pitches against baseball’s most patient team in the Red Sox. This was quite different from his last outing against them, where he lasted less than five innings before an injury forced him out and onto the DL.
Now, couple that with spectacular defensive plays (Yunel Escobar ring a bell?) and timely hitting (Wil Myers anyone?), and it’s no wonder the Rays again sit only a half-game back of the Red Sox. As a result, the AL East could have a new leader by Friday morning.
From this point on, the Rays need to play solid all-around baseball. Doing so will open a world of endless possibilities, with the most satisfying being a World Series title.
Can they make it that far? Though unknown, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the 2013 Rays.