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Tampa Bay Rays ALDS Recap

By Tampa Bay Rays Staff Writer: A. Hintz

Desmond Jennings

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL wild card in stunning fashion, nine games back and down by seven runs on the final day of the season.

The Rays went on to play the Texas Rangers in the ALDS. After blowing out the Rangers 9-0 in game one, the Rays scored only 12 runs in the final three games of the series between the two games. Despite the Rays outscoring the Rangers 21-16 over the three games, the two one-run games in Tampa ended up being their undoing.

Key hitters for the rangers include Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli.

Beltre singlehandedly carried the Rangers to a game four win with his three home runs. Napolis drove in key runs in both games two and three.

Key hitters for the Rays include Desmond Jennings, Kelly Shoppach and BJ Upton.

Desmond Jennings, the rookie, homered twice in game three to account for two of the Rays three runs. He reached base twice in all four games of the series. Two homers by Kelly Shoppach in game one gave the team a huge win. Unfortunately, Shoppach's contribution didn't maintain its momentum into games two and three. BJ Upton reached eight times in his first three games of the series, but couldn't sustain in game four.

Evan Longoria didn't really show up this ALDS series once the games came back to Tampa. He came to the plate with runners on in five of his plate appearances in Tampa, but drove in no runs. He only reached base once in those five plate appearances.

Key pitchers for the Rays include Matt Moore, James Shields and JP Howell.

Rookie Matt Moore got the most innings of all Rays pitchers in the series, and after shutting out the Rangers for seven innings in game one, allowed a solo homer in game four that would end up being the difference. James Shiled had hard lunk game two, allowing seven earned despite walking none and striking out six. The bullpen stuck out just eight hitters while walking eight during their time in the series. Relief ace JP Howell was used for jsut two pitches over the series.

With the Rays losing to the Rangers, the Rangers moved on to face the Detroit Tigers.