BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
It was can be simply called a bizarre contest between the Rays and Diamondbacks late Wednesday night, Arizona takes both games in the desert with a wild 9-8 win over Tampa Bay. A game which featured Chris Archer and Wil Myers leaving the game early, four lead changes and twelve pitchers combined between the teams, The Rays find themselves now 2 ½ games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings.
The Rays began the game as well as they could in the very first inning as three doubles turned into three early runs for Tampa Bay. Chris Archer had plenty of run support from the very beginning because of that, but Archer’s night would not last long. The 24 year old right hander was taken out of the game in the Diamondbacks half of the second inning after experiencing right forearm tightness.
Archer was replaced by Alex Torres who gave away the lead in the third inning on a Martin Prado two run home run, and a Aaron Hill RBI double to give Arizona a 4-3 lead.
Kelly Johnson tied the game at four in the Tampa Bay half of the fourth inning with his sixteenth home run of the season. Following Johnson’s home run, the teams would swap multi-run innings as the game became a marathon deep into the Arizona desert sky.
Arizona put up a three run fifth inning on an RBI single by Eric Chavez giving them the one run advantage over Tampa Bay. Aaron Hill’s RBI double put the D-Backs ahead 6-4, only to be added onto by Will Nieves sacrifice fly scoring Chavez to make it a 7-4 ballgame in favor of Arizona.
Tampa Bay answered back in the top half of the seventh inning with four runs of their own. Evan Longoria came through with a two RBI double into the left field corner pulling the Rays within a run at 7-6. Sam Fuld then pinch hit for Wil Myers, who left the game experiencing problems with his asthma. “Super Sam” took the first pitch he saw and placed it into left field scoring two more giving the Rays a 8-7 lead in Arizona.
However the lead would not last long as Prado comes through again for Arizona in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two RBI single off Fernando Rodney giving the D-Backs the 9-8 win.
Joel Peralta is credited with the loss as J.J. Putz gets the win for the Diamondbacks. The Rays will have Thursday off and travel to Los Angeles for the first time in franchise history for a weekend series with the red hot LA Dodgers. You can catch all the action on 620am / 95.3 FM WDAE beginning Friday at 9:00pm, with a 10:10pm first pitch.