With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Dustin Pedroia stepped to the plate with 2 outs and 2 on. Jonathan Braxton entered the game leading the Major League with the highest strikeout ratio per nine innings at 12.89. This was the first time Pedroia faced Broxton and it showed after quickly falling behind in the count 1-2. Broxton was throwing gas and Dustin was basically starting his swing before it left his hands. There isn’t many that can blow a fastball by Pedroia, but even Dustin had a hard time adjusting to his velocity.
“When you go out and the guy’s throwing 100 and it looks like he’s 9-feet tall, I was thinking I’ve got to wake up,” he said. “I check swung twice. When I check swung, it really wasn’t going that good. I just stepped out, thinking I’ve got to put the ball in play.” And that’s just what he did. The following pitch he threw the bat head out and drove an outside pitch into right field, forcing his long time best friend, Andre Ethier to gun down Daniel Nava at the plate. Nava was safe and Fenway erupted. That marked Dustin’s first career walk-off hit. He sent a message to the media during a post-game interview. Dustin tells media to basically “kiss his ass.”
Check out the game highlights: Video Game Recap
Mike Cameron Watch: If you have been following my blogs you will know I haven’t been impressed with Mike Cameron thus far. Yes, I know he hasn’t played for most of the season. Check out my previous blogs to see my take on Cameron. Where is that Run Prevention Theo? and Mixture of Cheers and Jeers for Manny. All I have to say about him regarding yesterday is I was VERY pleased he was given the day off after Friday nights terrible defensive performance.
Red Sox Team Stats Watch: I have also been tracking the Red Sox team stats. My June 2nd blog titled, April Showers, Bring Red Sox May Power and my May 10th blog titled, Red Sox Avoid Complete Embarrassment on Mother’s Day talk about where the Red Sox were in the team stat categories. I thought it would be best to post this ASAP while they maintain the lead in almost every offensive category there is.
Red Sox Team Totals:
Runs: 388 (1st) Yankees 2nd with 372
Doubles: 173 (1st) Toronto 2nd with 152
Hits: 682 (1st) Kansas City with 666. I find it crazy that Kansas City is 2nd in the league but they can’t seem to get a win.
Home Runs: 93 (2nd) Toronto leads with a dominating 105 HRs.
Total Bases: 1148 (1st) Cincinnati 2nd with 1058
RBIs: 371 (1st) Yankees with 354
Avg: .279 (tied for 1st)
OBP: .354 (2nd) Yankees lead with .360
SLG: .469 (1st)
OPS: .823 (1st)
The Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball right now and let me tell you, it feels great to have those words come out of my mouth considering what we witnessed in April. May 23rd, the Red Sox were 8 1/2 games back and now they are sitting 1 game out. The Sox finally caught a break last week with both Tampa Bay AND New York losing 3 straight games. The Sox are in thick of things and it is just what the doctor ordered. And we all know, the Red Sox and the Doctor have had a very intimate relationship this year. They have yet to have their original starting rotation healthy. They have had to put a “want ad” in the Boston Globe for an outfielder because Adrian Beltre keep taking them all out. If it wasn’t for Darnell McDonald and the latest newcomer Daniel Nava quickly adapting to their new roles the Red Sox might not be where they are right now. *I am not saying that McDonald and Nava have carried the team. Simply that they are both great stories and it has been nice to see them contribute and help the team. There are a number of players that have helped turn around this team but the biggest props go to David Ortiz. I know Dustin Pedroia was also speaking for Big Papi yesterday when he told the media to “kiss his ass” for doubting them in April.
I am off to Fenway to catch the last game in this “Manny Mania” series. Speaking of series, the Red Sox haven’t lost a series since May 16th in Detroit. Since then, they have played 11 series have won eight and split two. May was good to them but June has been even better. Since May 2nd they have improved their record from 11-14 to 42-28. How’s that for a turn around?
About the Author
Written by "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek
I was born a sports fan. Playing soccer, basketball and softball in high school, then moving on to play Div. II softball at Keene State on partial scholarship. In 2003, our team was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame. GO OWLS! I am a die hard Red Sox, Patriots and UNC Tar Heel hoop fan. Most of my friends call me Baseball Brenda because when it comes to ranking my priorities in life, the Red Sox always are first on the list. I average about 40 games a year and I have attended every home playoff game since moving back to MA in 2005. I am super competitive and excel at anything you can win at :) Horseshoes, ping pong, darts, pool, cornhole, and bowling. Always love a good challenge. I play a lot of golf in the summer and a lot of fantasy sports. I am always looking to meet local Sox fans so look me up on Facebook.