Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez ended a marathon Game 3 towards the Tampa Bay Rays with a two-run walk-off home run on Sunday night time to come back inside one game of successful their American League Division Series.
Vazquez pinch-hit for Kevin Plawecki earlier in the game and with a runner on-base and Luis Patiño on the mound, the catcher hit a booming shot onto the seats atop the Green Monster in the underside of the thirteenth inning. Boston received the game 6-4 and is one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series.
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The ending didn’t come with out some controversy.
In the highest of the thirteenth inning, Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier thought he had put his workforce up one run with two outs. He hit a shot to proper subject that just about cleared the fence. Instead, the ball bounced off the wall and hit proper subject Hunter Renfroe earlier than bouncing over the wall. Yandy Diaz scored and it appeared for a second the Rays had been going to take the lead.
However, the umpires dominated that Kiermaier hit needs to be floor rule double sticking Kiermaier on second base and Diaz on third as a substitute of a two-out RBI double. Mike Zunino would then strikeout swinging to file the third out, leaving each gamers on base.
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Fans had been irate.
ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan reminded followers of the principles relating to the play.
“I can’t believe that. The ruling is what it is. But I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that that is a ground rule double. I mean Yandy would’ve scored standing up,” Kiermaier said after the game.
Boston acquired an enormous game from Kiké Hernández. He went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. He’s additionally the primary participant to have eight hits in a two-game span in a single postseason, in accordance with MLB Stats. Kyle Schwarber additionally hit a home run off Rays starter Drew Rasmussen.
Tampa Bay acquired a valiant efficiency from its offense. Austin Meadows and Wander Franco every had home runs. Meadows completed with two RBI and Randy Arozarena contributed with an RBI as properly.
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Boston may shut out Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Monday night time. The game is about for 7:07 p.m. ET.