It sometimes feels like the Tampa Bay Rays are reinventing baseball, but it was Boston that upended conventional wisdom by using good hitting to beat good pitching in October.
BOSTON — So this was how it ended for the Tampa Bay Rays, the team that pushes and pokes conventional thinking and usually gets away with it. The Rays set a franchise record with 100 victories this season, eight more than the Boston Red Sox. But when it mattered most, in their American League division series, the Red Sox upended the hoariest axiom of all.
Sometimes, good hitting really does stop good pitching.
A sacrifice fly to left field by Kiké Hernandez vaulted
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