Brett Phillips played the role of unlikely hero Saturday night.
The 26-year-old outfielder was excluded from the Rays’ ALCS roster, but had a moment to conclude Game 4 of the World Series that will live for eternity, especially if Tampa Bay rallies to win the series.
“Give that guy a lot of credit, I don’t know when the last time he got an at-bat was,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Phillips’ RBI single in the ninth off Kenley Jansen began a chain of events that gave the Rays an 8-7 walk-off victory over the Dodgers in Arlington, Texas. “Pretty impressive what he just did against one of the game’s best closers.”
Phillips’ single was bobbled by Chris Taylor. The lead run scored easily, but as Randy Arozarena rounded third with visions of the game-winning run, he stumbled. The throw home had Arozarena nailed, but catcher Will Smith misplayed it and Arozarena scored.
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