The Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays had one game to decide who was going to be playing Boston in the American League Division Series. The Cleveland fans challenged themselves to be louder than Pittsburgh's, as this game sold out in thirteen minutes. The Cleveland crowd played no part in this game, as the Tampa Rays were able to quite them in a 4-0 victory.
Alex Cobb took the ball for Tampa Bay, and delivered 6.2 shutout innings, working out of trouble in so many instances. The Indians went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and never drove in a single run all game. This was one of the biggest reasons the Cleveland Indians could not prevail against the Tampa Rays.
Danny Salazar pitched for Cleveland, as he pitched four innings of three run ball, taking the loss in this matchup. He had trouble keeping the ball down all night, as he allowed a homer Delmon Young, and it seemed that the ball was flying all over the place all night. He wasn't able to hunker down and deliver outs when it was needed and be able to pitch in the spotlight.
The Tampa Bay Rays took this game because of clutchness. They pitched in the clutch, hit in the clutch, and played clutch baseball all night. The Indians, on the other hand, did not play well in the clutch, and couldn't win in the clutch in this game. That's why the Rays won this game.
TB 4 | 8 | 0
CLE 0 | 9 | 1