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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The amazing A’s have drawn comparisons with the 2008 Rays for their inspired play and unexpected success, and Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s game a telling sign are the “magical” things that seem to happen frequently during such a season.
The Rays saw it for themselves by the end of the long night, as the A’s raucously celebrated their major-league leading 12th walkoff win after a 4-3 15-inning victory.
The end came just after 3:15 a.m. Tampa Bay time when Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly to right-center off Kyle Farnsworth, the eighth Rays pitcher, to score Brandon Inge. The rally started when Inge opened the 15th with a single and went to second on a bunt, and Farnsworth walked two — one intentionally, one not — to load the bases. The Rays went to a five-man infield but Weeks’ fly ball ended the marathon after 5 hours and 9 minutes.
Farnsworth said it was obviously frustrating: “It is. It totally is. It (stinks).’‘
Thanks to Simon X Barnald.
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 06:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
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