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Jonny Gomes capped off a two-win day for the Red Sox with a walkoff home run off Rays reliever Joel Peralta. The Sox won 3-1 in a game whose only offense came from the long ball.
Daniel Nava slugged a solo shot in the 2nd, and then the pitchers locked everyone down. Notably, Felix Doubront turned in his best start of his big-league career, tossing eight shutout innings. It was the first time he had gone that long in 44 major league starts.
Naturally, a one-run game in the 9th goes to the closer, even though Doubront had retired 17 in a row and was under 100 pitches. Andrew Bailey promptly coughed up the lead on a monster shot from Kelly Johnson, before weaseling his way out of the inning against the rest of the meat of the Rays' order.
Hey, Andrew, not to make you worry, but Don Orsillo and Peter Gammons were openly talking about what to do about the Red Sox closer role during the broadcast. Maybe figure it out, big guy.
Nava led off the inning with a walk (customary) and Gomes dispatched an inside pitch over the Monster. Gomes knew it was gone off the bat and had a little strut out of the batters' box -- wonder if the sheriff of the Unwritten Rules police Joe Maddon will have anything to say about that.
The night game was obviously a pitchers' duel. Doubront pitched well, but I'm guessing fatigue for the batters played a role as well. Doubront's best quality was that he maintained his velocity throughout, and he benefited from a surprisingly impatient Rays lineup. When he was pitching so well in the late innings, I kept expecting the Rays to bleed some counts, but they kept hacking away instead. Doubront also had excellent defense behind him, with Jose Iglesias making a glut of solid plays and Jacoby Ellsbury showing great range in center. It's nice when pitching and defense go together like that.
The Sox also won game 1, 5-1. Alfredo Aceves -- who almost missed his start because he was caught in traffic -- pitched five innings and got the win. The game was interrupted by a three-hour rain delay, and I didn't see any of it so I won't pretend to analyze it. A cursory look at the box score tells me Ellsbury had three hits and the bullpen was dynamite -- works for me.
One last thing. Remember how everyone was freaking out about Cy Buchholz "cheating" with the sunscreen (or whatever it was) on his forearm in the Toronto series? Here's a screencap of Rays starter Jake Odrizzi from tonight's game:
Look at that, a very obvious white spot on the left forearm. Let's all freak out!
Game 1 box score
Game 2 box score
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Follow @TheNosebleeds Follow @Davis_VanOpdorp Being a Boston-based blog, the Nosebleeds is used to profiling walk-off home runs, celebrations, after parties, and maybe the occasional injury. Never have we seen a tribute to another walkoff. Jonny Gomes, after exploding on a Joel Peralta fastball and dispatching it onto Landsdown Street, kicked his helmet on his home run trot as he...
Boston Red Sox‘ Jonny Gomes hit a walk-off homer over the green monster off his former team. The excited Gomes then proceeded to kick a field with his batting helmet punting it as he rounded third base.
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A marathon of a day at the ballpark for a doubleheader that was lengthened by a nearly three-hour rain delay during the first game finished in dramatic fashion in the second game as Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes wrapped up a day-night doubleheader sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a two-run homer in [...]The post Jonny Gomes punts helmet after rounding third during walk-off...
Jonny Gomes was all kinds of fired up after his walk-off home run against the Rays. Why wouldn’t he be?
Gomes saved the Red Sox from spoiling Felix Doubront‘s stellar outing and rescued Andrew Bailey with his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth. As he rounded third, the outfielder was so psyched, he took off his helmet and punted it into the air in celebration. After the...
Andrew Bailey owes Jonny Gomes a steak dinner. Or something.
After Bailey blew yet another save to fire up the closer controversy machine for another go, Gomes sent the fans hope happy after all with a two-run walk-off home run. The blast over the Monster capped off a doubleheader sweep for the Sox, who outlasted the Rays in Game 1 and outpitched them in Game 2.
Felix Doubront had...
It was a long day that included 18 innings of baseball for the Red Sox. However, when Jonny Gomes launched one over the Green Monster to give Boston its second win of the day, no one remembered how tired were.
After the game, the Red Sox posted the below picture to Instagram, and it’s pretty amazing. The image captures the Red Sox bench watching Gomes’ home run clear the fence...
Gomes watches his walk-off Tuesday night (Jared Wickerham photo)
Going, going, GOMES!
After reputed closer Andrew Bailey squelched a stellar start by Felix Doubront by giving up a game-tying run in the top of the ninth, Jonny Gomes all but hoisted Bailey on his back and carried him around the bases when he launched a shot in the bottom...
(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...
Do not despair about Andrew Bailey, Red Sox fans. There’s a good chance he was just trying to set up his teammate.
The Red Sox looked to be ready to put an end to a long, rain-soaked Tuesday when they entered the final inning of their nightcap with the Rays up 1-0. But Bailey, who has put some fear into Boston fans due to his unevenness in the closer role, quickly gave up a home...
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Gomes’ two-run home run with no outs in the ninth, scoring Daniel Nava, who had walked, gave the Sox the win and the sweep of the doubleheader. It was his third career walk-off home run, and his first since...
Jonny Gomes hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, completing a doubleheader sweep.
Daniel Nava was aboard on a leadoff walk when Gomes followed with a towering shot off Joel Peralta (1-3) that cleared the Green Monster and bounced off the sign just to the right of the foul pole.
It was a dramatic ending...
BOSTON — It was long. It was eventful. And, in the end, it was productive.
The Red Sox overcame fatigue, rain, their own shortcomings and even traffic en route to sweeping Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rays. The Sox notched a 5-1 win in an elongated Game 1, and they capped off the action-packed twin bill with a 3-1, walk-off victory in the nightcap.
It was an interesting...
Let's get right to the trots!
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Home Run of the Day: Jonny Gomes, Boston Red Sox - 24.36 seconds [video]
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I was driving back from Connecticut, listening to Dave O’Brien call the game on the radio. Andrew Bailey had just given up the game-tying home run to Kelly Johnson.
After Daniel Nava walks, my gut starts to get a strange feeling as O’Brien announces Jonny Gomes‘s name. Do you ever have those? Like...
Jonny Gomes just took Red Sox Nation from pissed to jubilation in about 3.5 seconds. Maybe it was supposed to happen. But it shouldn’t have happened.
Felix Doubront was masterful. He threw 93 pitches in eight shutout innings against the Rays at Fenway Park. There aren’t many pitches who can claim that. He retired the last 17-in-a-row that he...