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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: HR Strikes Phantom Catwalk

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A gift HR, a historic performance, and an extension

Chicago White Sox v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays losing streak stretched to four games last night as they couldn’t overcome the Chicago White Sox, despite plenty of opportunities throughout a game, which started off in one of the most bizarre ways any of us have ever seen.

A well struck line drive with a lot of spin on it, fooled Kevin Kiermaier and the ball landed a good 30 feet away from him in dead center field. The batter, Yolmer Sanchez, coasted into third with a triple but then the third base umpire signaled HR for some reason, stating the ball hit a catwalk...it didn’t, but replay officials still kept it a HR.

Ultimately the Rays lost, 4-2. Chris Archer pitched a great game, just made a mistake that got crushed in his final inning. The offense left 22 men on base and were 1-7 with runners in scoring position.

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