Sinking Ship

I spent this past Sunday at what will likely be my last baseball game of the season at Fenway, with my old beat the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the fast-fading Red Sox. With the Sox’ seemingly unbeatable Wild Card lead in jeopardy, the 4-game series over the weekend was particularly important going into the final week of the season. And as I’ve come to know the Rays over the past 5 years or so of my photojournalism career, it’s that the Rays know how to win when it matters.

And they sure proved it on Sunday, teeing off on Red Sox pitching and capitalizing on several miscues throughout the game.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia can't handle an errant throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce scores on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia can't handle an errant throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce scores on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia can't handle the throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce steals second base in the second inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia can't handle the throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce steals second base in the second inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro reacts after flying out in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro reacts after flying out in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles walks off the field after flying out to end the game in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 --BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles walks off the field after flying out to end the game in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

There was a significant milestone during the game, though, as starting pitcher Tim Wakefield notched his 3000th inning in a Red Sox uniform. How about a little curtain call?

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield acknowledges the Fenway Park crowd after pitching his 3,000th inning for the Red Sox -- the third inning against the Rays -- on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield acknowledges the Fenway Park crowd after pitching his 3,000th inning for the Red Sox -- the third inning against the Rays -- on Sept. 18, 2011.

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