Best Betts; Mookie Gets The Walkoff
Mookie Betts gets the walkoff as the Sox take a 6-5 thriller off the Jays last
night before a crowd of almost 35,000. Fenway erupted when Betts punched a single through the middle to score Bogaerts as the Sox took their only lead of the night. But…he who leads last….That was Mookie’s first major league walkoff and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the Sox were still reeling from two black eyes in Baltimore which let the Yanks slide into first.
Joe Kelly took a few lumps giving up five through six innings but scored 10 punchouts to only three walks giving the overtaxed bullpen a sigh of relief. Ogando came in for a scoreless 2 innings and Koji came in and shut the door.
Betts has been coming on of late with the bat and was 3 for 4 last night bringing is BA over .200. Personally, I like what the kid brings to the table, hustle and desire, great defense, and above all, speed. Things get pretty exciting when you’ve got runners that can steal or turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples. Just picture Panda trying to execute the solo double steal that Betts pulled off against the Nats. It was just plain old heads up baseball combined with some lightning in the legs.
Jibs and Jabs
Allen Craig continued his downward batting spiral going 0 for 2 and dropping his average to a paltry .121. I know he used to be a top performer but I’m wondering how long it takes the Sox management to make a move. It seems as if they’re determined to put the square peg in the round hole.
I certainly hope they prove me wrong but if you’ve got men in scoring position (as they did in Baltimore), why would you not pull the .154 batter in favor of someone sitting on the bench with a .424 BA; especially in the crucial late stages of the game. It’s easy to play Monday Morning Quarterback but that one just seems like simple math.
In other notes the Sox pulled up knuckle-baller Steven Wright from Pawtucket. He’s a guy who can give you a lot of innings which takes the heat off the rest of the pen. Wright had 10 K’s in his last outing with Pawtucket; Hembre was sent down to make room for him.
Panda left in the sixth with a sore neck – probably a result of his acrobatic grab of Elmore’s bunt-gone-wrong. The diving catch probably sent after shocks to China. Afterwards he quipped, “sometimes you’ve got to take one for the team”. Go Panda.