An 8th Inning Pitching Nightmare

Starter Brian Matusz was superb for seven innings, recording seven strikeouts and allowing just two hits. But in the top half of the eighth, after recording the first out, things started to unravel fast for the birds.

Matusz began the inning by striking out  Willy Aybar. But he allowed the Rays to get on the board via four straight singles and was then pulled in favor of Jim Johnson.

Johnson, who took over with the bases loaded and only one out. He was able to get Ben Zobrist to pop up for the second out. However Evan Longoria tie the score at 3 apiece, driving in a pair of runs on a single to left.

Johnson was then replaced by Will Ohman, who didn’t fare much better, giving up RBI hits to both Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton before finally getting out number three.

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