Friday, October 24, 2008
Shields Shines, Rays Stop Phillies, 4-2 in Game 2
Players of the Day from Thursday, Octo ber 23, 2008 World Series Game 2: Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 2 James Shields scattered 7 hits over 5 2/3 innings, but didn't allow a run as Tampa Bay pushed back to win Game 2 by a 4-2 score over Philadelphia. The Phillies' problems at the plate with runners on base continued, as they stranded 11 men for the second night in a row. Over the first two games of the series, the Phillies are a combined 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position. With the Phillies struggling with men on base, Tampa Bay was much more efficient, knocking home four runs, though only one was driven in with a base hit. Two runs came home via ground outs with runners on third base in the first inning. Carlos Pena knocked in Akinori Iwamura and Evan Longoria got B.J. Upton to the plate with grounders to short. In the second inning, Upton delivered a single to send Dioner Navarro home and Jason Bartlett laid down a safety squeeze bunt on the first base side in the 4th which allowed Cliff Floyd to easily dash to the plate. That was all the Rays would need to tie the series at 1-1, with two games at Philadelphia upcoming, Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia didn't score until the 8th inning, when Eric Bruntlett blasted a solo shot to left off reliever David Price, who finished the final 2 1/3 innings after Dan Wheeler held the Phillies hitless in an inning of work. Philly also scored in the 9th, on a questionable error by Longoria. Jayson Werth scorched a ball to third which normally would have gone as a hit. Carlos Ruiz, who reached base all four times he stepped to the plate (2 doubles, 2 walks), scored from second base as the ball trickled into shallow left field. There were a number of dubious umpiring calls by home plate umpire Kerwin Danley. In the second inning, he apparently called hitter Rocco Baldelli out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch from starter Brett Myers, but in the same motion pointed to first base for an appeal, where umpire Fieldin Culbreth signaled that he did check his swing. Baldelli took first base on ball four, even though the pitch was a strike and Baldelli did not check his swing. Later in the game, Danley clearly missed making the correct call on a pitch that grazed Jimmy Rollins' shirt. Instead of being awarded first base, Rollins flied out later in the at-bat.