The Rays got some really good juju just in time to beat the Tigers on Wednesday.
To set the scene: Tampa Bay, down a run, loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth against Detroit closer Francisco Rodriguez. Steven Souza Jr. had a chance to win, but struck out "swinging."
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Rays manager Kevin Cash raced out of the dugout, demanding to know why plate umpire Larry Vanover didn't check with the first base umpire. Vanover, naturally, ejected the skipper.
Kevin Cash has been ejected from the game.
Bases loaded, one away. pic.twitter.com/29pRJ7JEeR
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 20, 2017
The next batter, Logan Morrison, hit what looked like a sure double-play grounder to end the game. Except...
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias tripped over the bag, stumbled, and then spiked his relay to first, which allowed the tying and winning runs to score. Rays 8, Tigers 7.
For good measure, Iglesias was hit in the face by the knee of a sliding Brad Miller.
Rasheed Wallace was right: Ball don't lie. Now we have the baseball version of that truism.