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Rays win an absolute thriller, tie series at two

Photo by Wayne Masut I The Scrum Sports Staff Photographer

In one of the wildest games in World Series history, the Rays walk it off in a thriller against the Dodgers and tie the series up at two.

That was one of — if not the — most incredible baseball game I have ever witnessed. On the grandest stage, the Tampa Bay Rays pulled off a miraculous 8-7 walk-off victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers and knotted the World Series up at two games a piece.

“We’ve worked on that in Spring Training the last couple years,” Rays manager Kevin Cash joked after the thrilling Game 4 victory.

“It tied the ball game, so you’re feeling better. And then you’re sitting there saying ‘my gosh can this go any worse’,” he continued to say when asked about Randy Arozarena falling around third base. “It just speaks volumes, the loudest volumes, about our club and what these guys can accomplish as a group.”

Rakes All Day Night Year

Stop me if you’ve read this before, but yes, Arozarena hit yet another home run. His solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning cut the Dodgers lead in half. It marked the ninth time this postseason he’s gone deep, which is now the major league record for homers in a single postseason.

Arozarena had three hits total on the evening, which also ties him with Pablo Sandoval for the most hits in a single postseason.

Renfroe’s moon shot

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Hunter Renfroe hit a ball to the moon — ok, so it only went 444 feet into the second deck, but it looked like it went to the moon. The home run had an exit velocity of 111.4 mph, the second hardest hit ball of the night.

Lowe’s third Word Series homer

All series it feels as if whenever the Rays either take the lead, tie the game or even just inch back into a game — the damn Dodgers respond immediately. The Dodgers — of course — responded in the sixth inning to extend their lead to two. After an Arozarena single and a walk to Ji-Man Choi, the big dawg Brandon Lowe came to plate as the go ahead run..

“I might as well, at this point, never pull a baseball again,” Lowe said when asked about his third opposite field home run.

KK’s pimp job

After immediately surrendering the lead they just took, Kevin Kiermaier comes up clutch with a solo shot to tie the game at 6-6. If you’re following closely enough, yes, all six of the Rays runs have come via the homer, which seems to be a trend for them this postseason.

Phillips walk-off

As damn near expected, the Dodgers took a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Heading to the bottom of the ninth, still trailing by one run and on the verge of going down 3-1 in the World Series, the Rays magic took over completely and we witnessed one of the wildest endings to a baseball game — let alone a World Series game — ever.

A Kiermaier one-out single followed by a two-out Arozarena walk brought up new comer — and unlikely hero — Brett Phillips to the plate with the game on the line.

“What a great team win all-around. Holy cow,” Phillips said after the game. “I feel very blessed to be sitting right here. Harold Reynolds and those guys were saying I hadn’t had a hit since September 25th, which, it didn’t matter. I just felt confident being in the box. Special. We still have work to do. Definitely a good night to celebrate.”

Up Next

The ever so crucial Game 5 is set for Sunday night as the Rays will “host” the Dodgers one last time. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 PM ET again and can be seen on FOX. It’s a rematch of Game 1 as Clayton Kershaw (3-1; 2.88) will square off against Tyler Glasnow (2-2; 6.08).

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