Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 6/18/13
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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