There was magic in the air at Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight as Robert Andino hit a walkoff single that gave the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Moments later Evan Longoria hit a walkoff home run in the 12th inning that gave the Rays a 8-7 win over New York and put them ahead in the Wild Card.
Both the Orioles and Rays were down in their respective games. For Baltimore, Nolan Reimold tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Robert Andino delivered the walkoff as thousands of Red Sox fans left Baltimore disappointed in the loss.
It got worse when they saw what was going on at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Down 7-0, the Rays put up six runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to extend their matchup against the New York Yankees. Three innings later Evan Longoria hit a line drive home run that kicked the Sox out the Wild Card.
It was a storybook ending. The $41 million dollar David kicked out the $160 million Goliath. Andino’s single was hit to Carl Crawford, who left Tampa Bay to make $142 million over seven years. Crawford muffed the ball and the O’s eliminated his current team to make way for his former team.
Tonight was baseball’s finest night.