The Tampa Bay Rays, who won 99 games in the pennant race, exited the postseason at the speed of light.
Tampa Bay lost 1 to 7 in the second game of the ‘2023 Major League American League Wild Card Series’ against the Texas Rangers held at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, USA on the 5th (Korean time). Tampa Bay, who also lost the first game on the 4th 0-4, was eliminated with 2 losses in the series. This is our 7th straight loss in the postseason.
Tampa Bay recorded 99 wins, 63 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.611 in the regular season. It ranks 2nd in overall winning percentage in the American League. Unfortunately, it was also in second place in the Eastern District. The Baltimore Orioles ranked first in the American League and won the Eastern Division with 101 wins, 61 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.623.굿모닝토토
Because of this, Tampa Bay was pushed to the 4th seed in the wild card series. The tragedy began when they met Texas, a powerhouse in the western region.
Tampa Bay’s leadoff hitter Yandy Diaz reached base with a single in the bottom of the first inning, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Randy Arozarena’s strikeout and Harold Ramirez’s double play followed.
Texas starter Nathan Evoldi cruised past the crisis in the first inning. He pitched 6⅔ innings, allowing 1 run, including not allowing a single run until the 6th inning.
Texas scored 4 points in the top of the 4th inning to take the lead and take the win. Leadoff hitter Aroldis Garcia opened the game with a solo home run. One run was added with a single by Leody Taveras and a triple by Josh Jeong. Evan Carter exploded with a two-run home run to lead 4-0.
Texas added 1 run in the 5th inning and 2 runs in the 6th inning, breaking through the 9th division heading into the division series.
In the 5th inning, with one out and runners on first and third base, Nathaniel Rowe scored an RBI with an infield ground ball. In the 6th inning, with 2 outs and runners on second base, Marcus Simien and Corey Seager hit consecutive doubles, steadily accumulating points.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the 7th inning, when Tampa Bay fell behind 0-7, that they recovered one point. After one out, Josh Rowe and Isaac Paredes hit consecutive hits. Manuel Margot was out on a fly ball to center field. With 2 outs and 1st and 2nd bases, Curtis Mead hit a timely hit to left to avoid embarrassment.
Tampa Bay has not won in fall baseball since winning Game 1 of the 2021 Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay lost three straight games after winning one game in this series. In 2022, they met the Cleveland Guardians in the Wild Card Series and ended the season with two consecutive losses. This is a 7-game losing streak, including a 2-game losing streak against Texas this year.