Game-Changer: Luke Scott Walks | The Process Report

Game-Changer: Luke Scott Walks

The Rays earned a series split against the Blue Jays with a 5-4 walkoff win Thursday night. David Price allowed four runs (one earned) in eight innings while striking out eight and walking one. Skipper Joe Maddon said it was the best stuff he’s seen from the lefty all season.

Tampa Bay scored three runs off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey including an RBI double from Evan Longoria, who went 3-5. Yunel Escobar hit his third home run of the season to tie the game at four all in the seventh inning.

The Rays nearly put the go-ahead run on the board in the eighth inning on a single to right field by Luke Scott; however, a solid throw from Jose Bautista in right and a stellar scoop by Henry Blanco at the plate prevented Longoria from scoring. While Scott was denied the RBI in the eighth, he would provide the game-winning score without putting the ball.

With the bases-loaded and two out in 10th inning, Scott fell behind Jays’ reliever Brad Lincoln 0-2 on pair of low-90s fastballs. He fouled off a curveball in the strike zone on the next pitch. The fourth pitch of the plate appearance may have been the most pivotal as Scott took a mid-80s curveball low and inside for ball one. The borderline pitch could have been a called strike. The Rays’ designated hitter looked at a high fastball for ball two before being nearly hit on the foot with another heater to push the count full. Lincoln tripled up on the fastball, but missed his location as Scott took a 93-mph fastball low for ball four and walked off a winner.

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