Wednesday, June 19, 2013

'Dropkick' Jonny Walks Red Sox Off With Sweep

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
About 10 hours after baseball began at Fenway, Jonny Gomes sent a two-run walk-off HR into the night—giving Boston a doubleheader sweep of the Rays, 5-1 and 3-1. On his way around third base, Gomes drop-kicked (or more precisely punted) his batting helmet out of play. Gomes' heroics were necessary because Andrew Bailey blew Felix Doubront's finest career outing—eight shutout innings. On Bailey's second pitch of the ninth, Kelly Johnson homered to tie the game at one. Daniel Nava had homered earlier for the first Red Sox run. In game one, fans survived a three-hour rain delay to watch Boston defeat Tampa, 5-1. Alfredo 'Ace' Aceves came off the farm once again to deliver a rain-shortened five-inning gem—allowing just one run on three hits. David Ortiz drove in three of the runs and Jacoby Ellsbury was a HR shy of the cycle. All in all, a good day for the Carmine Hose.