After blowing the lead in the top of the ninth, Jose Lobaton answers in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run into the Rays tank!

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We’re back again for game 3 of the ALDS and for the fourth time in eight days, the Rays are facing an elimination game. As usual, follow along here with all the important and interesting notes, images, and GIFS.

FIRST INNING

Cobber is ready to go…

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Or is he? First this happened, which was followed by a hit and a hit batter. Not a good sign…

After another wild throw by Ben Zobrist scored a run, Cobb walked David Ortiz. But that was it for the Sox who lead 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, a leadoff single by David DeJesus was wasted and we go to the second 1-0.

SECOND INNING

Cobber looked to be a lot less nervous in the second inning, retiring the Red Sox 1-2-3, including a strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and another great defensive play by Cobb to end the inning…

A leadoff double by James Loney was wasted when he was doubled-off on a line drive. And then Matt Joyce ended the inning with a soft liner to left field.

THIRD INNING

All of a sudden, Cobb has retired 8 in a row with his second straight 1-2-3 including back-to-back strikeouts to end the third inning.

Here is a look at sold out Tropicana Field, which by all accounts is mostly Rays fans, and it is not even close…

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Molina just missed a home run that landed in the 162 landing and then struck out. DeJesus struck out and it is on to the fourth.

FOURTH INNING

Alex Cobb gave up a walk, a single, and a sac fly in which Ortiz tagged up and went to third. But he got out of the inning with another strikeout and a weak grounder back to the mound. Of the 12 outs recorded by Cobb so far, four are by strikeout and three were weak grounders back to Cobb.

And we’ve got a catwalk controversy which is apparently confusing to some…

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The Rays loaded the bases with 2 outs in the bottom-half, but Joyce strikes out to end the threat.

FIFTH INNING

A blown call at third base should have been the second out of the inning. Instead, that runner would later score on a wild pitch extending the inning and the Sox scored twice upping their lead to 3-0…

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It’s Longo time! Evan Longoria became just the second player to ever hit a home run in the postseason on his birthday. And the game is now tied!!

SIXTH INNING

Alex Torres relieves Cobb and outside of a one-out single, he retires the Red Sox without much noise.

The Rays go quietly 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

SEVENTH INNING

It didn’t look easy, but Joel Peralta came on and got the Sox 1-2-3 and the score remains 3-3.

Julianna Zobrist is back out to sing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch…

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The biggest development in the bottom of the seventh was Myers appeared to injure his on a foul ball and is now out of the game. Even though Maddon has Fuld, Johnson, and Delmon Young on the bench, he instead chose to give up the DH and sent Joyce to right field. Now Maddon will have to pinch hit for the pitcher if it comes up again.

EIGHTH INNING

And hey, let’s have another blown call go against the Rays *head hits desk*…

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But the Rays survive with Jake McGee getting the final two out.

A Loney walk and a Jennings single has runners on first and second with no outs for the Rays.

The Red Sox looked like they had Escobar grounding into a douible-play, but Pedroia took out Drew behind second base and everybody was safe…

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And then, a pitcher threw Delmon Young a first pitch strike and the groundball gave the Rays the lead…

NINTH INNING

Fernando Rodney is in to close it out and walks the first batter and gives up a bloop single. There are now two runners on with no outs and Dustin Pedroia ties it up with hard groundball to Escobar who took the out at first.

Rodney survives and we are on to the bottom of the ninth tied 4-4.

 
 

11 Comments

  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    That’s just sad. Ump makes a crappy call at 3rd base and it results in a run. How many breaks does Boston need?

  2. Lane Meyer says:

    It’s hard to believe a major league umpire chosen for the playoffs as one of the best at his craft can miss a call like that on the steal at 2nd.

  3. Lane Meyer says:

    Beautiful!!!

  4. Beazy says:

    “it’s ICE CREAM TIME!”

  5. rick says:

    can we get a gif of the walk off by the ice cream man

  6. phil says:

    Game 4 Hellickson …Archer ..Torres ….McGee ..Peralta and Rodney ….Game 5 Moore to Price….. game 1 of ALCS….. Cobb……..game 2 hellickson or Archer…

  7. Rob says:

    What a game. So many ups and downs – very exciting.

  8. Rob says:

    And yes, the Rays fans way outnumbered the Red Sox fans. I was a little surprised by that actually, but there was a great atmosphere in the park tonight.

  9. Chris D says:

    I need radio audio for the walkoff

  10. Dave L says:

    That game was maddening but exhillirating to watch live at the Trop.

    Maddening because someone with a TV needed to explain to me what was happening on so many occasions. It seems like in 12 close calls on the base paths, balls and strikes etc. 11 went against the Rays. Were they correct?

    Myers coming out? wat fer? Yes cramps I find out later after the game.

    And the substitutions and non substitutions. Well those were simply ‘Maddoning’.. Waited forever for Delmon to make a difference but he finally did! Somehow it all worked out and Lobaton lifts a seemingly nice Kohara pitch into the briny shallow of right center. Impossible!

    My guess from Sec 112 row Row EE was that the Sox faithful numbered at less than 5% and they were a non factor noise wise even when things looked bleak

    Off life support and breathing on our own so put down the scalpel oh ye lustful golden MLB franchises.

    We are alive and kicking!

  11. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    First words out of my mouth when JoLo hit the ball, “ICE CREAM!”

    Headed to the Trop tonight… let’s get back to Boston and hear those “Myyyeeeers” chants, again!

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