TAMPA BAY SPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 20
By Leo Haggerty

Another jam-packed sports week.  Below is the review of the Tampa Bay area from September 14th to September 20th.  Enjoy.

LIGHTNING HOCKEY

TUESDAY – L 2-1 2OT
Isles D Ryan Pulock opened the scoring late in the first period.  Bolts D Victor Hedman knotted the count 4:00 minutes into the middle period.  Stayed that way until 12:30 of the second OT when NY F Jordan Eberle scored to cut the Lightning series lead to 3-2.
ONE BIG THING – Islanders G Semyon Varlamov.  Stopped 36 of 37 shots to keep the Isles hopes alive.

THURSDAY W 2-1 OT
NY scores first when D Devon Toews lit the lamp at 4:15 of the first period.  Bolts Hedman would answer 2:13 later and that would be all the scoring in regulation.  F Anthony Cirelli advanced the Lightning to the Stanley Cup finals with the series-winner at 13:18 of OT.
ONE BIG THING – Varlamov again.  Turned away 46 of 48 shots and stoned the Lightning on five power play chances.

SATURDAY – L 4-1
Bolts were the tired team in the losing the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Stars.  Tampa Bay managed only 4 shots in the opening 20 minutes and didn’t get their legs until the last period.  By then Dallas had a 3-1 lead and held on as Tampa Bay launched a 22-shot barrage in the third period to no avail.
ONE BIG THING – Dallas G Anton Khudobin. Saved 34 of 35 Lightning shots with 22 of them in the final 20 minutes.

NEXT GAME – VS DALLAS STARS ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21

RAYS BASEBALL

TUESDAY – W 6-1
Rays turn the tables on the Nationals with a 2-run 2nd and a 4-run 5th.  That was enough as Tampa Bay, using their patented opener strategy, held Washington to a single run.
ONE BIG THING – Rays baserunning.  TB pilfered five bases.

WEDNESDAY – L 4-2
Nats salvage a split. After Rays score a run in the 9th to send the tilt to extras, Washington gets a couple in the 10th for the victory.
ONE BIG THING – DC Rookie 2B Luis Garcia.  Youngest player in MLB hits a 427-foot dinger in the 10th securing the win.

THURSDAY – W 3-1 7 INNINGS GAME 1
Tampa Bay puts up a deuce in the 7th to win the opener.  Rays P Blake Snell limits Orioles to a single run in 5.1 innings.
ONE BIG THING – TB Pitchers.  Hold Baltimore to one run while only using two hurlers.  Have all the rest of the arms available for the nightcap and that turns out to be a huge advantage.

THURSDAY – W 10-6 7 INNINGS GAME 2
Rays complete the twin-bill sweep with a big offensive outburst.  Tampa Bay ties it with 2 in the 4th and then takes the lead for good with a 4-spot in the 5th on two singles and a couple of sacrifice fly balls.
ONE BIG THING – TB Bottom of the Order.  Batters 5 through 9 for the Rays had eight hits and the same number of RBIs.

FRIDAY – W 2-1
Rays win third in a row in a pitchers duel.  TB scores singletons in the 1st and 3rd and five pitchers hold the O’s to one run for a second time in the series.
ONE BIG THING – Tampa Bay SP Tyler Glasnow.  Big righty improves to 4-1 giving up one run on four hits while recording 10 Ks in 5 innings of work.

SATURDAY – W 3-1
Four in a row for Tampa Bay with another stellar pitching performance.  Rays hurlers for the third time in the series limit Baltimore to one run and TB goes longball for all three runs.
ONE BIG THING – Rays SP Charlie Morton.  #50 evens his record at 2-2 with a one run, five-hit, six-strikeout outing over five innings.

SUNDAY – L 2-1
Baltimore salvages the final contest of the five-game set.  O’s get 2 in the first and make it stand up as Rays bats go silent.
ONE BIG THING – Orioles Pitching.  4 hurlers hold TB to 4 hits and one run.

NEXT GAME – AT NEW YORK METS ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21

BUCS FOOTBALL

SUNDAY – W 31-17
Tampa Bay evens its record at 1-1 with a home victory over winless Carolina.  The Buccaneers jumped out to a 21-0 halftime advantage and held on from there.  Bucs QB Tom Brady was 23-of-35 for 217 yards with a TD as well as an iNT.  WR Mike Evans was on the receiving end of 7 of those passes for 104 yards and a score.
ONE BIG THING -TB RB Leonard Fournette. #28 garners 103 yards on 12 carries and two TD’s and emerges as the closer with a 46-yard scamper to paydirt late in the fourth quarter.

NEXT GAME – AT DENVER ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27

ROWDIES SOCCER

WEDNESDAY – W 2-1
Tampa Bay scores late in stoppage time o secure the victory.  The game was played on an extremely slippery as Hurricane Sally did her best to make it an extremely sloppy affair.
ONE BIG THING 

NAXT GAME –

TORNADOES FOOTBALL

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NEXT GAME – NOT SCHEDULED

USF FOOTBALL

SATURDAY – L 52-0