The Red Sox had lost seven of ten heading into Thursday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. They were on the verge of suffering a four-game sweep at home against a team that was 10-26 in their last 36 games before the series began.
Not to mention Boston had their hearts ripped out multiple times in Wednesday night’s 8-6 loss, blowing a lead in the sixth, getting the lead back, and blowing it again in the eighth when Koji Uehara gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Melky Cabrera and go-ahead solo shot to Brett Lawrie.
The Sox’ pitching has been terrible late in games and their offense has been slumping as of late. And as good as their bats were at the start of the season, we didn’t see much late-game heroics. Coming into Thursday, their only walk-off of the year was a double by David Ortiz against the Astros on May 14th.
That would change when the current best hitter in baseball came to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. After Craig Kimbrel managed to get himself out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the top of the inning, the Sox had a chance to end their skid in a big way. Xander Bogaerts answered the call:
Then he (along with Guerin Austin) received some postgame harassment from his teammates:
The Red Sox will look to get a win streak started Friday night but it won’t be easy. They travel to Texas to take on the Rangers, who are tied for the most wins in the Majors at 47-26.
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