Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Recapping a night that had everything
The Red Sox's 7-6 walkoff victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park had it all. Here's a point-by-point recap from ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, who had himself quite a busy night at the ballyard.
-- Before the game, Theo Epstein addressed the team's miserable start -- "we're playing bad baseball'' -- and said the team had to own up to it.
-- The Red Sox placed two starting outfielders -- Mike Cameron (abdominal tear) and Jacoby Ellsbury (sore ribs) on the DL and called up Josh Reddick and Darnell McDonald, both of whom would factor in the game (More on that later).
-- The Red Sox's problems stopping base stealers hit an apex Tuesday night, as the Rangers swiped a team-record nine bags against Boston, all by the fifth inning.
-- Struggling designated hitter David Ortiz was lifted for a pinch hitter (Mike Lowell) with the bases loaded. After the game, Terry Francona said he didn't like to make the move but felt it was the best move to try to win the game. ESPN analyst John Kruk agreed (see video at top).
-- Of course, the story of the night was reserve outfielder Darnell McDonald, who was activated at the last minute by the Red Sox when they decided to place Elsbury on the DL and came up huge. He delivered a game-tying two run homer in the eighth and won it in the ninth with a game-winning hit.