Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Amore! Napoli Walks Off In 11th; Sox Win 8-7

(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Mike Napoli was literally hit or miss on Sunday night/Monday morning. His two HRs (including the walk-off game winner in the 11th) drove in four runs, but he also struck out three times and grounded into a base-loaded double-play. In the end, nobody cared about the outs. The 7-6 win gave Boston the series, their 60th win of the year, and a 1 1/2 game lead on the upcoming opponents—the Tampa Rays. This was a wacky one—The Evil Ones blowing a 3-0 lead, the Sox blowing a 7-3 lead and the Yankee bullpen shutting down the Boston offense until two outs in the 11th. Napoli's blast landed in the center-field bleachers and accounted for the ninth walk-off win for the Carmine Hose this year—the most in the majors. Shane Victorino went 2 for 5 and knocked in two runs, but it was Napoli who gave the weary Fenway fans a satisfying trip home.