The wrong man catches the ball in Rays’ defeat

by Gary Shelton on April 5, 2016 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Longoria prepares to throw a runner out against Blue Jays.TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Longoria prepares to throw a runner out against Blue Jays.TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

Tuesday, 6 a.m.

The fan caught the ball. The star did not.

And because of  it, the Tampa Bay Rays lost.

Again.

The first play was simply an oddity, a fan reaching for a fly ball, surprised and delighted when it plopped into his glove. Who would have expected him to catch it? Who would have expected him to contact it just high enough to be above the home run line and led to a home run by Josh Thole in the third. Certainly not the umpires, who originally ruled it a double before overturning it.

That play was harsh enough, and it allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game at 1-1 before going on to capture a 5-3 win.

For the Rays, however, that was just the start of the strangeness. The key play came in the fourth inning, after

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