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Five more things about Rays’ loss to Red Sox

Willy Adames, Andrew Kittredge, Randy Arozarena, Tyler Glasnow and Franchy Cordero each factored in.
The Boston Red Sox's Franchy Cordero makes a catch on a fly ball by the Rays' Manuel Margot during the seventh inning Tuesday in Boston.
The Boston Red Sox's Franchy Cordero makes a catch on a fly ball by the Rays' Manuel Margot during the seventh inning Tuesday in Boston. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]
Published Apr. 7
Updated Apr. 7

Five more things about the Rays’ 6-5, 12-inning loss to the Red Sox Tuesday night in Boston:

Willy Adames had an eventful night

Willy Adames made a baserunning mistake in the sixth inning that may have taken the Rays out of a bigger inning.
Willy Adames made a baserunning mistake in the sixth inning that may have taken the Rays out of a bigger inning. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

The Rays shortstop made a baserunning mistake in the sixth inning that may have taken the Rays out of a bigger inning. Adames launched a ball to leftfield and didn’t run hard out of the box, perhaps thinking it was going out of the park. But the ball hit off the wall, and Adames was caught between first and second and thrown out heading back to first.

In the 10th, he made a tremendous play, with the infield in, to snare a hard-hit ball by J.D. Martinez with the potential winning run on third for the second out. “Willy’s play right there was outstanding,” Cash said.

And in the 11th, Adames looked to be the star of the game, doubling in Brandon Lowe to put the Rays up 4-3, though they couldn’t hold the lead.

Andrew Kittredge had an impressive night

Andrew Kittredge came up big for the Rays in the 10th inning.
Andrew Kittredge came up big for the Rays in the 10th inning. [ DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Returning to the scene of his 2020 season-ending injury — when he walked off the Fenway Park mound in August seemingly headed for Tommy John surgery (but instead rehabbed his elbow injury) — Kittredge came up big in the 10th inning.

He seemed in trouble from the start, as ex-Ray and Hernando High product Christian Arroyo worked a good at-bat to ground out to the right side, sending Enrique Hernandez to third. Kittredge then followed orders and intentionally walked Alex Verdugo.

But he got Martinez to hit the ground ball Adames snagged and then struck out Xander Bogaerts to get the Rays to the 11th.

“That was big” Cash said. “Made big big pitches. I think he really approached, attacked the guys the way he wanted to. And he had to do it right through the teeth of their lineup. He picked us up in a big way.”

Franchy Cordero had a larcenous night

The Boston Red Sox's Franchy Cordero makes ta catch on a fly ball by the Rays' Manuel Margot during the seventh inning.
The Boston Red Sox's Franchy Cordero makes ta catch on a fly ball by the Rays' Manuel Margot during the seventh inning. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

The Rays still don’t think Cordero caught Manuel Margot’s fly ball cleanly in the seventh, costing them a potential scoring opportunity as they had two on and Randy Arozarena was doubled off second.

Margot hit an arcing fly that looked — and sounded like — it hit the Green Monster wall in leftfield and then caromed into Cordero’s glove. But he sold it well, and even after looking at the replay review, the umps stuck with the call.

“It did sound like it (hit),” Cash said. “But I’m sure MLB had plenty of camera angles to say that it didn’t. From our vantage point, we felt like it hit. I think even in replay we felt like it hit.”

Randy Arozarena had an interesting night

After making a highlight-worthy running and leaping catch on Monday, Arozarena found himself in an awkward position after Martinez’s game-winning blast in the 12th got over his head and outstretched glove.

Replays made it look like Arozarena might have gotten turned around a bit and possibly could have been in position to make the catch. Teammates said they thought there was nothing he could do. As for Cash?

“It didn’t look like (he could have done anything),” Cash said. “But I had a lot of people in my sight. It looked like J.D. just put a charge on it and it just continued to carry.”

Tyler Glasnow had another good night

Tyler Glasnow struck out nine while allowing one run on four hits and two walks in six innings.
Tyler Glasnow struck out nine while allowing one run on four hits and two walks in six innings. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Glasnow was nearly as impressive Tuesday as in his opening-day start, again working six innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run (that scored on a wild pitch in the first), walking two and striking out nine.

“He was outstanding,” Cash said. “Really, really good effort. Awesome performance. Glad to see him get through that sixth inning right there. He kind of pushed us to the limit with the four-pitch walk to Bogaerts (with two outs in the sixth) but made some really, really big pitches throughout the night to limit their offense through that point.”

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