99 wins ‘meaningless’ Tampa Bay’s postseason hiatus confirmed, Texas’ 2-game winning streak advances to division

The Tampa Bay Rays, who were the strongest team in the Major League regular season, were eliminated from the postseason at the speed of light.

Tampa Bay lost 1-7 in the second game of the 2023 Major League Baseball Wild Card Series against the Texas Rangers held at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, USA on the 5th (Korean time).

As a result, Tampa Bay ended the postseason with two losses in the series, following a 0-4 loss in the first game on the 4th and losing the game today. Tampa Bay’s 7th straight postseason loss.

Tampa Bay was called the strongest team in the American League this season. In the regular season, they recorded an incredible record of 99 wins, 63 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.611, ranking second in overall winning percentage in the American League. 

Although it was a great performance, the Baltimore Orioles, who were in second place in the same Eastern Division, took first place in the American League and won the Eastern Division with 101 wins, 61 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.623, and Tampa Bay was relegated to the 4th seed in the wild card series.

On this day, Tampa Bay’s leadoff hitter Yandy Diaz reached base with a single in the bottom of the first inning, but Randy Arozarena’s strikeout and Harold Ramirez’s double play continued, so they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Also, they gave up the win to Texas by scoring 4 runs in the 4th inning. Starting with a solo home run by leadoff hitter Aroldis Garcia, a single by Leody Taveras, a triple by Josh Jeong, and then a two-run home run by Evan Carter, the lead was 4-0.토토사이트

In the middle of the game, Texas even scored an extra point, bringing them closer to advancing to the division series. In the 5th inning, with 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd base, Daniel Rowe scored a timely hit with an infield ground ball, and in the 6th inning, with 2 outs and runners on 2nd base, Marcus Simien and Corey Seager hit back-to-back doubles to score an extra point. 

Tampa Bay was behind 0-7 in the bottom of the 7th inning with one out and back-to-back hits by Josh Rowe and Isaac Paredes and a timely hit by Curtis Meade to left, but it wasn’t enough to keep up.

Nathan Evoldi, who started for Texas, pitched 6⅔ innings, allowing one run. On the other hand, Tampa Bay Effrin performed poorly, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings. 

Tampa Bay is unlucky to win in the postseason. Since winning the first game of the division series against the Boston Red Sox in 2021, they have not been able to secure a victory in fall baseball. Last season, they ended the season with two consecutive losses against the Cleveland Guardians in the Wild Card Series. In the end, this season ended in a losing streak like this, and Tampa Bay’s postseason ended here.

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