Linked: Late Action Heroes

Ok, maybe there were no walk off wins, no hitters, or even 3 home run games yesterday.  But don’t get too hot under the collar; or else you may end up like this gentleman.

While perhaps lacking in the walk off department, several guys were still able to play the role of late game hero for their teams.

In Tampa last night, the Rays and Rangers got into a late inning slugfest.

The game was knotted at one through 6 thanks to the efforts of starters C.J. Wilson and Alex Cobb.  Wilson was even able to lend a hand to his defense with this slick snag.  Don’t know how the coaches felt about that one.

Both offenses came to life in the 7th, as the teams traded punches.  The Rangers took the lead in the top of the 8th, but Evan Longoria had the last word.  His 2 run shot in the bottom of the inning put the Rays ahead for good as they went on to win 5-4.

Meanwhile in Seattle, Jeremy Guthrie and the Orioles seemed to finally figure out how to slow down the streaking Mariners.  Guthrie held Seattle to only 3 hits over his first 7 innings of work.  However, the lackluster Orioles O was unable to cash in on several opportunities and the game remained close.

You can see where this is going.

With two outs in the bottom of the 8th, Luke Scott’s diving attempt took a hit away from Ichiro Suzuki.  It appeared the O’s would carry their 2-0 advantage into the 9th, but Guthrie was unable to handle the toss from Scott.

The error proved costly.

Brendan Ryan was able to extend the inning with a single before Justin Smoak came to the plate.  The slugger gave his team the lead with one swing, this three run bomb to right.

While not on the long ball, two other teams claimed late inning victories Tuesday.

St. Louis entered the bottom of the 8th in their contest against the Giants trailing 3-1.  San Fran starter Ryan Vogelsong and reliever Jeremy Affeldt held the Cardinals to one run over the first 7.

The Cards offense came alive in the 8th, kick started by an Albert Pujols double.  St. Louis tied the game and went ahead for good on this Skip Schumaker infield single.

In the roller coaster contest of the night, the Minnesota Twins faced off against the Detroit Tigers.  Both teams took turns blowing 3 run leads.  The game was eventually knotted at 7 all in the 8th.

Detroit used a single and some small ball in the bottom of the inning to put a runner on 3rd with only one out.  Brennan Boesch came through with a clutch situational at bat and drove in the run with this sac fly to right.  Detroit used that run to take the 8-7 victory over the Twins.

Tags: Albert Pujols Alex Cobb Baltimore Orioles Brendan Ryan Brennan Boesch C.J. Wilson Detroit Tigers Evan Longoria Ichiro Suzuki Jeremy Affeldt Jeremy Guthrie Justin Smoak Luke Scott Minnesota Twins Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Skip Schumaker St Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Rays Texas Rangers

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