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There were three ninth inning rallies today

Apr 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

Brandon Allen AP

Sure, the Giants’ win over the Reds had an assist from a bad call by an ump, but it still counts as a ninth inning rally.  As does the Heath Bell meltdown Aaron described earlier.

But those weren’t the only two. The Rays turned their caps inside out or whatever the hell passes for a rally cap these days and pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in the ninth themselves, beating the Angels 4-3.

The Angels led 3-2 as the bottom of the ninth began. But then B.J. Upton singled and Joe Maddon sent Brandon Allen up to pinch hit for Jose Molina.  The result:  Ball, ball, strike, strike, BOOM.  A 443-foot homer to win the game. Jordan Walden never even recorded an out.

The Angels are now 6-13. They are nine games back of the Rangers, for the largest deficit of any team in baseball.

  1. DCBlueStar - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    RAYS UP!!! Brandon “Money” Allen… #CloserMentality.

  2. hittfamily - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    The Rays have either walked off or taken 9th inning leads against All Star closer Jordan Walden, MVP Justin Verlander, and HOF’er Mariano Rivera. Their offense seems to be clicking, and their pitching is top notch. This team is the real deal, and the Rangers Rays series likely matches up the 2 best teams in the AL.

  3. nickmiller63 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Calcaterra is on ump patrol. It’s a rabbit hole, my friend. Stay topside and enjoy the beauty of the comeback.

  4. xmatt0926x - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Wow. Just saw the Mets/Fish highlights scroll by on the TV. Man oh man. Is there a rock big enough for Heath Bell to crawl under? Things will likely even out but talk about the worst case scenario for Miami and trying to convince a fan base to commit to coming to games.

  5. skeleteeth - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Thanks to my son’s pink-eye, I saw every one….

  6. skeleteeth - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Also, the Tigers were swept by the Mariners. The Seattle MARINERS.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    A little much on the “bad call by the ump” phrase there Craig. Even the “homer of all homer announcers” Tom Brennaman called it a borderline call. More importantly, catcher Mesoraco called for the pitch to be a fastball high out of the zone, stood up to emphasize the location, thereby blocking home plate ump Welke’s view of the lower part of the strike zone. Was it a strike, maybe, it was close, but seldom do Big League teams get calls when the pitch is diametrically opposed to where the catcher is asking for it, and the pitch was at the very extreme lower part of the zone. I get the angst, Strike three, game over Reds, but I gotta defend Welke here, there are significant reasons why the Reds didn’t get the call they wanted.

    • spudchukar - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      I guess it was strike three, two outs not game over.

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