The Major League Baseball season is a grueling 162 game grind for each and every team in the league. For some however, it just simply is not enough. The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers were vying for the last of two Wild Card playoff berths available, and found themselves tied heading into the end of the year.
As a result of their tie, a sudden death qualifier for the Wild Card was necessary. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers took place on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.
When the final out was in the books, the Tampa Bay Rays found a way to gut out a 5-2 win over the Rangers to survive and advance. They now find themselves with Cleveland on their schedule.
When the dust settles, the Rays will once again have to survive and advance in the Wild Card round, where the very same sudden-death format of Monday’s game will be used once more.
Key to the 5-2 victory for the Rays was the pitching of David Price (10-8.) Allowing just two runs on seven hits, he went the complete nine innings in this one, coming up clutch when his team needed him most.
Offensively the Rays were sparked by Evan Longoria, who notched three hits and drove in two runs on the night. Longoria drove out a home run in the third inning to help spark an inning that would open up a 3-0 lead.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express