TAMPA BAY SPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW – OCTOBER 4
By Leo Haggerty
If you’re a Tampa Bay sports fan, this is a week you won’t soon forget. The Stanley Cup is making a return trip to the Florida Gulf Coast. There’s a legitimate World Series contender as well as a Lombardi Trophy prospect in the Bay area. Great to be in Tampa Bay so read on to find out why.
The Lightning win the Stanley Cup. The Bolts win the series 4-2 with a shutout of the Dallas Stars. F Brayden Point gets the game-winner in the first 20 minutes on a power-play and F Blake Coleman gets the insurance marker in the middle period.
ONE BIG THING – Tampa Bay G Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Big Cat stops all 19 Dallas shots to bring the Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay for the second time.
NEXT GAME – DECEMBER
TUESDAY W 3-1
Tampa Bay takes the opener of the best-of-three American League Wild Card round over Toronto. Rays get a gift run on a wild pitch in the 4th along with a two-run dinger from OF Manuel Margot in the 7th and the bullpen holds Blue Jays to just a single run over the last 3.1 innings.
ONE BIG THING – TB SP Blake Snell. The lefty hurls 5.2 innings of shutout baseball allowing only a single hit and two walks while recording 9 K’s.
WEDNESDAY W 8-2
Rays move on to the American League Divisional Series with a sweep of the Blue Jays. Six-run second breaks it open early and Tampa Bay cruises home from there.
ONE BIG THING – Rays long ball. C Mike Zunino with a two-run blast and OF Hunter Renfroe hits a grand salami to provide all the runs Tampa Bay would need.
NEXT GAME – MONDAY VS NEW YORK YANKEES
BUCS W 38-31
Tampa Bay digs a 24-7 early hole to the Chargers but manages to crawl out and move to 3-1 on the season. Pewter Pirates turned a late first half fumble into a touchdown that turned fueled the comeback.
ONE BIG THING – TB QB Tom Brady. #12 throws for five TDs to five different Bucs receivers to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat.
NEXT GAME – THURSDAY AT CHICAGO BEARS
ROWDIES L 2-1
Charleston scored first when MF Stavros Zarokostas found the back of the net at the 57 minute mark only to have Tampa Bay tie the match 5 minutes later when D Forrest Lasso scored. The Battery get the clincher at the 84th minute to earn a hard fought road victory.
ONE BIG THING – Zarokastas. The Greek native scored both goals in the final USL regular season contest.
NEXT GAME – SATURDAY VS BIRMINGHAM LEGION
No games scheduled.
NEXT GAME – APRIL
SATURDAY L 28-7
South Florida spotted Cincinnati a 21-0 lead before the Green & Gold found the end zone. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when the Bearcats took the ensuing kickoff to the house.
ONE BIG THING – Turnovers. Good news is the Bulls forced four but the bad news is USF threw 5 interceptions.
NEXT GAME – SATURDAY VS EAST CAROLINA