About 12 hours later, we’re still tied in the 6th.
Thanks to a B.J. Upton steal in the slop and a Carlos Pena hit to left field, the Tampa Bay Rays stay alive in the World Series.
Needing to win three games to take home the trophy, Tampa may actually sit in the catbird seat whenever we resume Game 5 in Philadelphia.
Turns out, it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.
In a game that lasted five and a half innings on a track that looked sloppier than the Breeders’ Cup last year, the Phillies and Rays play the waiting game. Looking at the forecast for Tuesday evening in Philadelphia, weather.com says winds could exceed 30 miles per hour.
At what point does snow enter the equation?
On the field, Philadelphia looked invincible in the first inning against Scott Kazmir and the Rays. Collecting a pair of runs in their initial chance at the plate, the Phillies (and their fans) started to mentally prepare for the parade down Broad Street.
Then the little things happened.
Cole Hamels only needed seven pitches in the first inning to retire the Rays. In the 4th inning, Tampa started to solve the ace. Pena woke up from his World Series slumber at the right time, knocking a double to right that almost left the park. Evan Longoria’s single brought in the first run for the Rays and silenced the Philadelphia crowd that chanted “Eva” for the majority of the Series. Pena’s RBI single tied it in the 6th inning and that’s where we sit right now.
When the game resumes, Cole Hamels is due for Philadelphia. It’s a safe bet that Charlie Manuel will use a pinch hitter to remove Hamels from the game and keep Tampa Bay in the Series.
Thanks to help from Mother Nature, the amazing Rays still have a chance to win the ultimate prize in sport.
It’s funny how a lengthy rain delay provides a ray of light.