Feb. 26, 1998
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Devil Rays used a
five-run eighth inning in a 6-3 come-from-behind victory in the
organizations first-ever spring training game.
Third baseman Scott McClain ripped a double off FSU pitcher
Jason Hubbard to tie the score at 3-3 in the eighth inning. McClain
then scored after a basehit by Luis Polonia and a throwing error by
Hubbard for the game-winning run. The Devil Rays added two more runs on
an RBI-double by first baseman Steve Cox and a sacrifice fly by
designated Greg Blosser.
Catcher Mike DeFelices triple to centerfield off lefthander
Zach Diaz drove in rightfielder Dave Martinez to give the Devils Rays a
1-0 lead in the second inning.
The Seminoles tied the score at 1-1 as second baseman Brooks
Badeaux belted a home run over the right field wall. Four consecutive
basehits off Devil Rays pitcher Scott Lewis gave Florida State a 3-1
advantage in the seventh inning. Designated hitter Henry Mayfield
started the rally and center fielder Karl Jernigan and rightfielder Matt
Diaz followed with basehits. Shortstop Brett Groves belted a basehit to
leftfield to score Mayfield and Badeaux was hit by a pitch on the next
at bat to drive in Jernigan.
Florida State pitchers held the Devils Rays to three hits
before the eighth inning. Zach Diaz and Chris Ginn each struck out two
batters in their appearances.