10/26/08 11:59 PM ET
Rays Short Hops: Game 4
Four long balls put Tampa Bay on brink of elimination
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Rays pitching got rocked, allowing four Phillies homers totaling eight runs, and Tampa Bay's bats had no answer, forcing it into a 3-1 series deficit. Frozen moment
In a game full of lackluster performances from the Rays, second baseman Akinori Iwamura's seventh-inning double play was a rare web gem. Iwamura snagged a liner from Carlos Ruiz and made a great throw back to first baseman Carlos Pena to double off Pedro Feliz.
0 -- Number of hits by the Rays' first four batters, who went a combined 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts.
Crawford's two-out solo homer in the fourth put the Rays on the board, and the speedy outfielder was also hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Crawford has hit two of Tampa Bay's three World Series home runs. Eric Hinske
Rust? What rust? Hinske, who was added to the Rays' active roster for an injured Cliff Floyd prior to Sunday night's game, launched a ball over the center-field fence in his first at-bat, a pinch-hit appearance in the fifth inning. Akinori Iwamura
The second baseman's two errors led to two runs, and his 0-for-4 game at the plate didn't help. However, Iwamura did make a dazzling double play to end the seventh inning.
Sense of October
With a sea of Philadelphia fans on their feet and waving white towels, Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton waved and missed. The Rays' center fielder struck out to end the seventh inning, stranding two baserunners in a key situation.
4 AB, 0 H, 3 K
Comment: The rookie continued to struggle on Sunday night, and he is hitless in all four World Series games.
4 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 3 BB
Comment: The right-hander was unusually wild, matching his career high in walks and frequently falling into hitter's counts. Sonnanstine also made the mistake of a middle-of-the-plate fastball to Ryan Howard, and the Phillies slugger responded with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Ace Scott Kazmir will take the hill on Monday night with the task of keeping the Rays' World Series hopes alive. Kazmir lost his previous matchup against Phillies starter Cole Hamels in Game 1 and was plagued by a two-run homer by Chase Utley in the first inning. Tampa Bay went on to lose that game, 3-2, with all three of those runs coming on Kazmir's watch.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.