Game 98: Rays 4, Indians 2

Reid Brignac homered off Justin Masterson in the second, and those three runs would be enough for Tampa, thanks to Wade Davis and poor Cleveland approaches at the plate. Masterson pitched into the seventh, keeping his team in the game, but his teammates could only turn their eleven hits into two runs. To be honest, the final margin could have been much more if not for several blunders by Rays baserunners; Matt Joyce for some reason stayed at third on a grounder to first base with nobody out, and the Indians turned a double play as he watched.

The Indians had opportunities to tie the game in the seventh and eighth innings. In both innings they had runners at second and third with two outs and potent hitters at the plate, but Tampa's relievers lived up to their reputation, ending the innings without any damage. Tampa's pitching staff is good and deep; the only thing they really need is another bat in the middle of their order to go with Crawford, Longoria, and Pena.

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via www.fangraphs.com

Highest WPA Lowest WPA
Travis Hafner .256 Michael Brantley -.180
Chris Perez .018 Matt LaPorta -.139
Rafael Perez .016 Carlos Santana -.134
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