On this day in 2018, the Rays won a wild one against Minnesota, topping the Twins 8-7 in extras. The win improved the Rays to 6-13 as they continued to dig their way out of their early season hole on their way to a 90-win season.
Chris Archer was solid out of the gate, pitching into the seventh while giving up two runs on four hits. He would be aided by some nifty glove work from Adeiny Hechavarria.
The bullpen wasn’t quite so solid, and the Rays came into the 9th down a run at 7-6. But with two outs, Fernando Rodney hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch. Gomez then swiped second, and came around to score on a bad hop single from Brad Miller.
The @RaysBaseball aren't done yet! Brad Miller sends one into center to tie things up against the Twins! Extra innings are underway and you can see it all live on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go! #RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/JqznYUiK9v— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) April 21, 2018
Then in the tenth, with two out and two on, Denard Span pounded a Zack Duke curve into the dirt to Mauer at deep first. With Span running hard, Mauer’s flip came just in time. However, in the rush, Duke couldn’t find the bag. Span was ruled safe on the field, with a hustling Johnny Field scoring the winning run from second.
The call was upheld after review. Let’s celebrate!
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If you don’t follow Rays Radio on Twitter, you are missing out. They have been crushing it with content, this interview with Dan Johnson being a solid case in point.
Dan Johnson (yes, that Dan Johnson) on his massive home runs from Game 162 in 2011 & 9/9/08. @RaysBaseball history would be very different without Dan & he reflected w/ @neilsolondz from his home in Minnesota. #Rays https://t.co/lqYXXPnN8N— RaysRadio (@RaysRadio) April 18, 2020
Wade Boggs wonders whether he got the coronavirus from Chris Sale.
Fox Sports Sun is replaying Opening Day 1998 today at noon, 7 PM, and midnight,
The MLB Dream Bracket is getting underway. The Rays are matched up against the Oakland A’s in the first round.
Per Ken Rosenthal, Rob Manfred will allow teams to furlough some employees.
The CPBL in Taiwan is playing real games. The benches cleared in one over the weekend.
Speaking of the CPBL, Eleven Sports Taiwan is broadcasting CPBL games in English. Go Monkeys!