The Tampa Bay Rays hadn't scored for a club-record 31 straight innings. And after breaking through for four runs in the fourth inning Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 4-3 lead, it looked like the positive vibes at Tropicana Field (perhaps brought on by The Rainmaker) were going to be short-lived in the fifth. Cards outfielder Peter Bourjos hit a two-out, bases loaded liner in the gap that surely would have scored two, and possibly three, runs. But that's when Rays right fielder Kevin Kiermaier made like Superman to literally swoop in and save the day.
Tampa Bay would go on to win 6-3. It was only the second victory for the Rays in their last 16 games. Rays manager Joe Maddon called Kiermaier's leaping catch the play of the game. Bourjos was equally impressed. "Initially when it left the bat I didn't see anybody over there," Bourjos said. "But he covered a lot of ground." Kiermaier's take on the evening was understated.
Tonight was kind of fun...just a little bit— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) June 12, 2014
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