Considering how the Tampa Bay Rays were tumbling lately, it was only fitting that Matt Joyce took a dramatic spill Wednesday night while lifting his team out of its tailspin.
His three-run blast in the top of the ninth at Yankee Stadium was one of the more unusual game-winners in recent memory. The clutch rip into the right field seats off New York closer David Robertson left Joyce falling to the plate with a twisted ankle from his hard follow-through, then limping heroically around the bases.
The eventual result was a 4-1 victory with a significance that shouldnt be underestimated. The moment was akin to one of those Saturday morning cartoons where the protagonist slips off the side of a cliff, only to grab hold to a tree limb at the last instant and climb back to safety.
Thats the situation the Rays found themselves in, teetering on the brink of a fourth straight loss that could have left them reeling headlong into tonights 7:05 rubber match duel between towering lefty stars: T...