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Rays tie it in ninth on Dan Johnson homer

Sep 28, 2011, 10:57 PM EST

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And then Dan Johnson tied it.

With the Yankees’ tying a major league record by using their 10th pitcher in a nine-inning game, Johnson delivered a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth to put the Rays game into extra innings on Wednesday.

Cory Wade, who was released by the Rays earlier this year, gave it up.

Johnson was brought into the game as a pinch-hitter for Sam Fuld.  The line-drove homer over the fence in right was just his second in 84 at-bats this season.  He had been hitting .108.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    DAN MOTHERF’N JOHNSON!!

    I love this game!

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    oh
    my
    God

  3. tacklemeelmo - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Maybe its just society?

    Or maybe its destiny!

  4. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    magical. just magical. #I LIVE FOR THIS

  5. urteamsux52 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    ring the cowbells hell yeah no one would of imagine this team even to close to being let alone johnson off the bench bot 9 with two outs hitting a homer SWEET CAROLINA

  6. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Meanwhile, the Rangers won the #2 AL seed and home field in the 1st round.

    • hittfamily - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

      Who cares. Dan effing Johnson!!!

      WOOOOOO!!!!!!

      • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

        Besides the Rangers? The Yankees, Tigers, and Rays.

  7. hittfamily - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    That’s probably the most clutch hit I’ve ever seen. 2 strikes, 2outs, season on the line, and called in as a pinch hitter pretty much needing a home run to win?

    Unreal

    This is the greatest comeback I have ever seen.

  8. natstowngreg - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Scutaro thrown out at the plate, still 3-2 Red Sox.

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    God I love baseball. Courtesy of Dave Cameron: Rays had a 0.3% chance of winning entering the 8th inning. Here’s the WPA graph.

  10. natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Sound from Camden Yards: Let’s go Red Sox!

    Then Nolan Reimold hit the RCF gap with a 98 mph Papelbon fastball. 3-3.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

      Gary Thorne, on Orioles’ telecast: ” do you hear the Baseball Gods laughing?”

      Seconds later, Orioles win. Robert Andino Strikes Again.

  11. tacklemeelmo - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Orioles Magic!

    • tacklemeelmo - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:57 AM

  12. urteamsux52 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    GO O’S OVER RATED WASTE OF MONEY BOSTON SPENT FOR A BUNCH OF LOSERS

  13. natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Evan Longoria, ladies and gentlemen. Congrats to the Rays.

  14. channingtaintum - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    …..and in a span of 3 minutes, the Red Sox are done.

  15. Reggie's Bush - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    All I have to say is:

    KLDFANKS;JFAEWIUNFRAWESRAHSVNCW4E8RH3WERAWE3RWA98OFANDSF

    WEKLJTASKDFNAS;KNFRAES;KRNAJESF

    Now excuse me, my head will explode from the madness that was today.

  16. cshearing - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Wow, what a turnaround. Go Rays.

  17. raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Okay, I had to cardiovert myself, but I’m okay now.
    .
    When the Rays got down big early, I was resigned. 90 wins is more than even I had predicted for the Rays, so I felt okay if they came up short at that point.–figuring it just wasn’t meant to be, y’know? Then they came back, and I got greedy and really wanted the win. Then the Yanks had men on 1st and 3rd with none on in the 12th, and my heart was in my throat. Then they Rays got out of the jam. Then Longoria ended it with a homer just inside the left field pole. Incredible.
    .
    Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Papelbon got the ball in the 9th and looked great–at first. He mowed down the 1st two on Ks but then came 2B, 2B, 1B and suddenly they’ve lost 4-3! Longoria’s HR came just after news of that got to the Trop, and the Rays are in the playoffs–no tiebreaker needed!

  18. kandh2004 - Sep 29, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Here is to everybody who said it would be the Phillies and Red Sox hahahahahaha. We might have spent money like them but at least we know how to win

  19. foreverchipper10 - Sep 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Is it me or didn’t Dan Johnson have some late season heroics last year as well?

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