In a city that could use some good news and a little boost to morale, The Red Sox did not let their community down on Monday. In what was to be a festive Patriots Day in Beantown, the Red Sox completed a three game sweep of the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. And they did it in style – firmly holding on the AL East lead.
Taking a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning, Boston set-up man Andrew Bailey failed to put away the Rays offense – allowing a lead-off single by Desmond Jennings. Jennings burglarized second and was able to score the tying run on a single by Ben Zobrist. To that point the Rays had gone 0-24 with men in scoring position. The Rays fell short of the go-ahead run and set up some hometown heroics in the Red Sox half of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dustin Pedroia drew a walk after Shane Victorino flew out to left fielder Matt Joyce. That brought up Mike Napoli. After a short delay in the middle of the pitch count to allow Rays catcher Jose Molina to fetch to facial protection, Napoli demonstrated the power he is know for while reaching across the plate and stroking a long ball off the Green Monster. The blast was high and long enough to allow Pedroia to score from first base and give the Red Sox the walk-off victory and the sweep of the series.
Shortly after the game, the Red Sox were reportedly departing for Cleveland when the bombing incident occurred on Boylston Street, not far from Fenway Park. The team safely arrived in Cleveland early this evening.
Several Red Sox players expressed their thoughts regarding the attack on Boston.
“Very sad to hear the news coming out of Boston,” Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino tweeted. “Horrific. My thoughts and prayers to all those involved.”
“Praying for those affected by the explosions at the marathon,” Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury tweeted. “#Godblessboston.”
The Red Sox will play a three game series against Cleveland starting tomorrow before returning home to Fenway to face the Royals. The Rays move on to Baltimore to face the division rival Orioles.
- Red Sox walk off with win in sweep of Rays (wcvb.com)
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