WATCH: Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton hits walk off home run into ray tank

  • David Whitlock

For the Tampa Bay Rays, ALDS Game 3 started with a dramatic game-tying 3-run home run by 3-time All-Star 3B Evan Longoria, and ended with a dramatic walk-off home run by relatively obscure backup catcher Jose Lobaton to get the Rays first win in the series and stave off elimination.  Lobaton was inserted as part of a double switch in the pitchers spot, because the Tampa Bay Rays had surrendered their Designated Hitter Matt Joyce when he had to take the field for injured Wil Myers.  The Venezuelan-born Lobaton teed off on usually unhittable Boston Red Sox closer Kohi Uehara, who had only allowed 1 ER since July 1.  Watch, as Lobaton sends the Uehara offering into the tank housing live rays in right-center field (via MLB.com)

Uehara had breezed through the first two Rays 9th inning hitters with ease after the Red Sox had evened the game in the Top of the 9th.  Lobaton had hit all of 7 HR in 277 AB, with a meek .249 average in the regular season.  But he is the hero today in Tampa and has gotten the Rays within a game of the Red Sox with their first win against two losses..  And we press on to Game 4 tomorrow.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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