Rays Eliminate Sox From Wildcard Race [VIDEO]
It's official now. The Boston Red Sox have been mathematically eliminated for the playoffs after losing 5-4 in 11 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night.
Technically, the Sox were bumped out during the ninth inning when the Cleveland Indians won their game.
A year ago, the Sox won 108 regular season games. Today, they are 80-73 with nine games to play.
Somehow, last night's game seemed to show exactly how it's gone for the Sox. With two outs in the 11th inning in a 4-4 game, reliever Trevor Kelly walked two batters and then Willy Adames jumped on the first pitch he saw to single in the game winning run.
Mitch Moreland had given the Sox a 2-0 lead in the 7th inning with home run after Rick Porcello had pitched six shutout innings.
But reliever Darwinzon Hernandez gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the 8th inning only to have Moreland hit another home run in the 9th to force extra innings.
NOTE: The Sox and Rays play game two of this four game series at 6:05pm this evening. Live coverage of Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.