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With both the Bruins winning in OT and the Red Sox come-from-behind win, it was a fantastic night for Boston sports to say the least. Will Middlebrooks played hero for the Sox last night.
Will Middlebrooks’ slump finally died last night.
at about 10:30 p.m., so you probably missed it, considering the Bruins
were thundering away in overtime back home. But down to his last strike,
and with the Red Sox trailing by two runs with two outs in the ninth
inning, Middlebrooks lined a changeup from Tampa Bay closer Fernando
Rodney into left-center field for a three-run double.
short-term consequence: A come-from-behind 4-3 victory, the Red Sox’
first when trailing after eight innings, in the finale of a three-game
series against an American League East rival.
But it meant so much more.
think it can have a carryover,” manager John Farrell said after the Sox
won their second consecutive game and for only the fourth time in 13
games. “We’ve come through a pretty tough 10-day stretch. Even though we
were going up against a guy (Rodney) who’s got tremendous stuff, there
was no give-up, there was no letdown.”
And it was Middlebrooks, tortured for the past six weeks, who delivered the big hit.
Herald: Red Sox rally on Will Middlebrooks’ bat
It has been a struggle for Middlebrooks this season. Expected to serve as middle-of-the-order right-handed power bat to rake in RBI, the 24-year-old has failed to deliver on multiple key situations. However last night, Middlebrooks may have turned a corner.
Down to the Sox last strike and trailing 3-1 in the ninth inning, Middlebrooks stepped to the plate to face Rays' closer Fernando Rodney with the bases loaded. Given Middlebrooks's struggles thus far, this was big for not only himself, but for Red Sox nation's confidence in this kid...and boy did he deliver.
Middlebrooks hit an absolute laser in left-center field all the way to the wall, clearing the bases and pushing the Sox to a 4-3 lead, which ended up being the final score.
In his last six games, Middlebrooks is hitting .296 with a home run, five RBI and seven doubles. His batting average has also finally passed .200 (from .192 to .211
over that span). A clutch moment like last night against a divisional rivial could be exactly what both this offense and Middlebrooks himself needs.
Let's hope this momentum carries over into Minnesota, where the Sox are looking for some redemption.
Rest of the links- Globe: Perserverance pays off for Middlebrooks | Globe: Red Sox rally past Rays, 4-3, in ninth inning | Globe: Bailey expected back on Monday, will close | Globe: Mixed results for Doubront against Rays | Herald: Shane Victorino quite the catch | Herald: Red Sox steal drama trick from Bruins | CSNNE.com: Sox beat Rays with 9th-inning rally, 4-3 | CSNNE.com: Doubront, Farrell happy with progress on mound | CSNNE.com: Victorino making impact for Sox in field