KK on ‘rally killer’ in ninth inning

Rays

The chance to sweep the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks came to the Rays in the bottom of the ninth inning. 

Kevin Kiermaier entered the game to pinch hit for Andrew Valazquez with two outs and two men on base.

Yandy Diaz had hit a double and Tommy Pham was intentionally walked.

Could KK win it for the Tampa Bay Rays? Could he give his team a chance with his first plate appearance of the game?

He singled to center, sending Diaz home to tie the ball game at two. However, Kiermaier rounded first base and he got caught in between first and second forcing Pham to try to score the winning run. Pham was tagged out at the plate.

Kiermaier discusses that moment. 

“I am happy to tie it up right there and give us a shot but, at the same time, I know better,” admitted Kiermaier.

“But I am telling you it was just the perfect, you know, working out in their favor in that situation given where the umpire was and, like I said, he completely blocked my view of the shortstop and it is definitely somewhat of a rally killer.”

The Rays lost this game in 13 innings. 

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