About Friday night
Friday's game was full of frustration for the Rays, from the repeated chances they wasted throughout, until the staggering end when, after Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the ninth put them up 6-4, closer Grant Balfour walked three, then gave up a walkoff grand slam to Jose Abreu in a 9-6 loss to the White Sox. Some key numbers:
6 Previous walkoff grand slams allowed by Rays — Roberto Hernandez, at CLE, Sandy Alomar (5-3-98); Billy Taylor, at BOS, Rico Brogna (8-4-00); Esteban Yan, at KC, Joe Randa (5-16-01); Seth McClung, at SEA, Richie Sexson (8-8-06); Troy Percival, at TOR, Gregg Zaun (9-6-08); Brandon Gomes, at BAL, Matt Wieters (4-18-13).
11 Rays batters who walked, tying team record for nine-inning game, though only two scored as they left 10 on, went 3-for-13 with RISP and hit into three double plays. First loss in six games with 11 walks.
5 Walks by Matt Joyce, most in team history, one off MLB record for nine-inning game. First AL player to do so in five plate appearances (with none intentional) since Rickey Henderson in 2000.
196 Pitches seen by Rays hitters, second-most in team history in a nine-inning game.
8 Career go-ahead homers by Evan Longoria in ninth inning or later; second most in MLB since his 2008 debut.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer