Stephen Vogt Hits Walkoff Home Run for Rays Win

By David Hill

Stephen Vogt may still be in search of that first regular season hit, but he got his moment in the hitting sun yesterday, as he belted a two run walkoff home run to give the Rays a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in ten innings.

This game was a pitcher’s duel from the start, as John Lannan and Matt Moore matched each other virtually pitch for pitch. The Phillies struck first, as Carlos Ruiz drove in the game’s first run in the top of the second to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. That score held up until the bottom of the seventh, when Shelley Duncan hit his third home run of the spring to tie the game. That helped to set the stage for Vogt’s late inning heroics.

Moore, who had struggled at times this spring, pitched well as he allowed only an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. Lannan, who is fighting for a job in the Phililes rotation, also went five innings, allowing two hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts.

While most of the attention from the game may be focused on Vogt, the Rays pitching staff appeared to be in midseason form, as the Rays allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out twelve batters. Brandon Gomes picked up the victory, pitching two perfect innings and striking out three batters.