Friday, September 30, 2011
Rays make Wilson work in 2nd, lead 3-0
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Johnny Damon took C.J. Wilson deep and nine-hole hitter Matt Joyce managed to squib a two-out grounder into right field as the Rays have jumped out to an early, 3-0 lead with Rangers coming to bat in the bottom of the second.
After a nine-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning, Wilson labored in the second, hitting Ben Zobrist to lead off what would become a 33-pitch inning. Damon, who had 16 homers in the regular season, deposited Wilson's fifth pitch, a 91 mph fastball, into the front rows of the right-field bleachers. Fort Worth's Kelly Shoppach sharply singled to left before Wilson got the next two outs.
Joyce then sent a roller between Michael Young at first and Ian Kinsler at second to score Shoppach.
The Rangers got a hit from Josh Hamilton in the first.