Closing Time: Jonny Gomes bails out Andrew Bailey as Red Sox beat Blue Jays
|06.28.13 at 10:33 pm ET|
Allen Webster‘s first career win will have to wait for another day.
After pitching six strong innings, Webster was in line for the victory before Edwin Encarnacion took an Andrew Bailey fastball and deposited it in the center field bleachers to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning.
But Jonny Gomes put the Sox ahead for good in the bottom of the seventh while pinch-hitting for Daniel Nava. With the bases loaded, Gomes laced a ball past the dive of Jays’ third baseman Maicer Izturis, which gave the Sox a 6-5 lead. Prior to the hit against Toronto lefty reliever Brett Cecil, Gomes had been hitless in his last 10 at-bats against southpaws, striking out five times.
The Sox gave Webster an early cushion after knocking out starter Josh Johnson after just 3 1/3 innings. The Jays, however crawled back and ultimately tied the ball game up in the top of the seventh.
The Sox responded in the bottom half of the frame. After Gomes’ single brought in the go-ahead run, the Sox tacked on one more run –thanks to a bases-loaded walk from Jarrod Saltalamacchia (the first of his career) — giving the hosts a two-run bulge.
Koji Uehara closed things out for a third straight game, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Here’s what went right, (and wrong) for the Sox in Game 2 of the four-game series:
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
– Webster was impressive in his fourth career start. He was in line for his first career major league victory after throwing six innings, allowing four runs over six Jays hits. Webster also struck out three Blue Jays on the night.
– The Sox broke open the scoring in the second inning on a two-out hit from Stephen Drew, who launched a ball to deep center. Center fielder Colby Rasmus tracked the fly ball down, but was unable to make the catch just before crashing into the wall.
– Drew has now hit safely in eight out of nine games. He is 12-for-33 (.367) over that stretch.
– Just an inning later, after Dustin Pedroia was robbed of extra bases in the third by Rajai Davis, the Jays intentionally walked David Ortiz to bring Mike Napoli up with two on and two out. He delivered a single through the right side, which brought in Jacoby Ellsbury.
– Napoli is now 5-for-11 with a walk in 12 plate appearances after an intentional walk in his career.
-The Sox once again got to the Jays pen early. One night after Chien-Ming Wang lasted just 1 2/3 innings, starter Josh Johnson went 3 1/3 innings earning the no-decision.
– Gomes came up with the winning hit for the Red Sox. It was the second time since June 18 (where he notched a walk-off home run) that Gomes has delivered the winning hit for the Sox.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– Andrew Bailey‘s struggles continued. After striking out the first two batters he faced in the seven, Encarnacion belted a 1-0 fastball for a solo home run to tie the game at 5-5. It was his fourth home run allowed in his last five appearances and the seventh home run he has given up this season.
– Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out two more times. He now has 14 strike outs in his last 29 plate appearances.
– The Sox surrendered a rare miscue up the middle. A high chopper to shortstop, which appeared to be an inning-ending double play, was thrown away by Drew, allowing all runners to reach safely. It was Drew’s third error on the season.
– After drilling a double off the wall in the fourth inning for his second base hit of the game, Drew left the game, with right hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Brandon Snyder, who went to third with Jose Iglesias moving to shortstop.
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