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October 25, 2020

Rays win to tie the series in an epic finish

“I don’t believe what I just saw” to quote the late Jack Buck.

This was one of the most incredible baseball games I have ever seen in my life.

It was a back and forth game with both teams landing blows. This was like

a heavyweight fight, with one boxer landing a big punch, and then the other fighter would counter with a punch of his own.

These two fighters last night were the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Neither team wanted to lose.

When the final bell sounded, it was the Tampa Bay Rays that were standing up winners. A split decision. An 8-7 walk-off win for the Rays.

For the Dodgers, a win would mean taking an insurmountable three games to one lead. For the Rays, it meant tying up the series at two games each, getting their swagger back, and getting back in the series.

This game started as the last two games with a solo homer. This one by Justin Turner with two outs to put the Dodgers up 1-0.

The Rays would have to battle back to win it and that’s exactly what they did.

All of the Dodger runs were scored with two outs. Many of the Dodger’s hits came with two strikes on the batter as well.

It was karma as the Rays scored the walk-off run with two outs and two strikes on the batter Brett Phillips.

Who would have thought that two rookies would be involved in one of the greatest plays in Rays history?

Randy Arozarena walked. Brett Phillips singled to center as Keirmaier and Arozarena scored to give the Rays the 8-7 win.

Phillips did not play in the ALCS and had not taken an at-bat since September 25th.

Phillips took 10 swings in the batting cage before stepping up to the plate to face Dodgers closer, Kenley Jansen.

Phillips a Tampa native played at Seminole High School. Phillips remembers rooting for the Rays in the 2008 World Series when he was an eighth grader. 

Phillips was ecstatic get the game winning hit to help his hometown Rays get back in the series.Every kid that growing playing baseball dreams of getting the game winning hit a World Series game for their home team. 

“Definitely want to extend some advice to all the kids out there. Keep dreaming big. These opportunities are closer than you think, and they can come about. So just keep dreaming big, kids. An opportunity like this: have an unrelenting belief that it will happen, because it does.Things like this do happen. And it’s awesome.”

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