Gomes Takes Them Home, Red Sox Walk Off 2-1

LesterAfter taking game one of a three game series with the San Diego Padres Jon Lester was sent to the mound to try to secure another series victory. The start would be one to watch since he is coming off an outing against the Blue Jays during which he allowed 4 runs over 7 innings. All eyes were on Lester as he showed a bit of his old self, however, Jonny Gomes stole the show.

Lester came out in the 1st inning and really struggled through it. He got two quick outs before allowing Carlos Quentin t0 single, following him Chase Headley hit a long single off the Monster advancing Quentin to third, then Kyle Blanks singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game. Lester escaped that inning allowing only one run, however he threw 32 pitches.

In the bottom of the 1st Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out, Shane Victorino then hit a ground rule double, followed by an infield single by Dustin Pedroia. With runners on first and third with one out, David Ortiz stepped in, Pedroia stole second, and unfortunately two pitches later Padres defense aligned perfectly and Ortiz hit into an unassisted double play to end the inning.

Lester looked much better over the next few innings, needing just 5 pitches to complete the 2nd and just 11 in the third. The fourth would be a little more lengthy, as Yasmani Grandal would hit a double. Lester got out of the inning with a ground out. Volquez pitched well through the 2nd and 3rd, gave up a few hits, hit a batter, but stranded all runners in a bases loaded situation in the 3rd.

The Red Sox came out in the fourth looking to get on the board. Mike Carp hit a single, Saltalamacchia followed that up with a double off the Monster. Carp read the ball well off the bat and made it all the way around the bases to tie up the game a 1. That is all the Red Sox were able to muster up, ending the inning at 1-1.

The middle innings were very well pitched on both sides. Lester and Volquez both allowed a few doubles and got in a bit of trouble, but managed to work out of the innings without any further damage. Lester would leave after the 7th with a line of 7 innings 6 hits, 1 run, 1BB, 5 strikeouts. Besides the rough first inning, Lester pitched noticeably better, although he is still having a problem with putting batters away. John Farrell and Juan Nieves are said to be working with him on adjustments he needs to be making.

Junichi Tazawa entered the game in the top of the 8th and pitched a clean fast inning striking out the side. The bottom of the 8th Pedroia doubled, Ortiz was intentionally walked to put two men on with nobody out. Unfortunately Daniel Nava struck out, Mike Carp flied out to  center, and Jarrod Saltamacchia struck out to strand two players on base.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara came into the 9th inning and got two ground outs before giving up a walk. Luckily, he rebounded from that walk and got a fly out to center field to end the inning . In the bottom of the 9th inning John Farrell decided to pinch hit Jonny Gomes for Brandon Snyder. Stop me if you have heard this before, but it proved to be the right move. Gomes worked himself into a 1-2 count before scorching the next pitch to left field, high, deep, and GONE. Jonny Gomes with another walk off win for the Red Sox. The Red Sox win 2-1.davis_sox12_spts-5040

Final: Red Sox 2, Padres 1

WP: Uehara (2-0)

LP: Gregerson (4-4)

Offensive Player of the Night : Jonny Gomes (1-1 walk off hit)

Defensive Player of the Night: Jon Lester (7ip,1R,6H,1BB,5K)

Interesting Game Notes:

With the win tonight, the Red Sox have gone 7-1 in their current home stand with one game remaining tomorrow.

Before the game Ortiz suggested he would like to see the Red Sox add a power bat into the lineup at the deadline, hoping that he would see less intentional walks. In the game tonight, he got intentionally walked twice.

Pedroia stole 2nd tonight for his 13th stolen base of the year. His career high is 26, a number he very well could reach this season.

Tyler Moore-MLB Contributor-Title Town Sports

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