The Mariners looked to be dead in the water (offensively-speaking), until Nelson Cruz launched a ninth-inning go-ahead home run into the water at Tropicana Field during Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
After Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer befuddled Mariners’ hitters for eight innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 12, reliever Brad Boxberger took over and immediately landed in hot water. Boxberger struck out the first two hitters he faced in the ninth, and then proceeded to walk Seth Smith and Robinson Cano. Then, this happened:
And don’t worry, no devil rays were harmed on this splash landing, but the Rays’ players surely didn’t feel great allowing three runs after what had been a stellar pitchers’ duel.