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Jonny Gomes gets his first hit of the World Series, a three-run homer to give Red Sox 4-1 lead

Oct 27, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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Going into his sixth-inning at-bat against Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes was 0-for-10. He had reached base just once on a walk in the fifth inning. Fans complained that he had started Games 1 and 2 in lieu of Daniel Nava. He wasn’t even supposed to start Game 4, but Shane Victorino was a late scratch due to back tightness. It all seems to have worked out for the Red Sox.

Lance Lynn appeared to have calmed down after a shaky fifth inning in which he allowed the Sox to tie the game at 1-1. He got Jacoby Ellsbury to pop out and Daniel Nava to ground out, but a line drive single by Dustin Pedroia and a walk to David Ortiz ended his night. Manager Mike Matheny brought right-handed ground ball machine Seth Maness to pitch to Gomes. Maness left a 2-2 sinker up and Gomes crushed it into the bullpen in left field for a three-run home run to put the Red Sox on top 4-1.

Xander Bogaerts singled but Stephen Drew grounded out to end the inning. Felix Doubront, who pitched a perfect bottom of the fifth, is out for his second inning of work.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    As I told a naysayer the other day-

    When that weird half swing thing actually connects, the ball goes pretty far.

  2. hojo20 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Another great moment in a great series.

  3. loriann1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    No I don’t care

  4. gameover78 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Goddamn….quit bringing in Breslow….jesus

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Yeah, something about his 54.00 ERA for the series scares me…annnd he walks Beltran as I type this.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Wow, I’ve never seen this before- his opponent batting average is 1.000.

        He was lights out. Now he’s Drewing it all up.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    breslow sucks. hes blown 2 leads this series.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    john farrell is not that smart. the Redsox are in this despite him. Good grief I dont even watch a lot of baseball and I can see the dumb moves backfire right before my eyes.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      The weird thing is, all season he had been amazing. Purely for the fact that he calmly sat back, didn’t screw with much, and was a good leader. Not for all this extra gambling.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        Maybe he’s been switched for Will Ferrel and nobody noticed?

  7. gameover78 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Taking Big Papi out with 2 outs could be a costly move….hope it does not go to extra innings.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Maybe, maybe not. It means Napoli comes in, he’s no slouch with the bat you know.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      I think its more about protecting the lead by putting in the better defensive replacement in the 8th and 9th. If he planned to do it anyways, why not throw on Berry and see what happens. Its all made easier when said defensive replacement is also a big bat.

  8. gameover78 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I know, but there is only one Big Papi and he was 3 for 3 tonight.

  9. misterdreamer119 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    why bring in lackey when the fat japanese guy was pitching great every night? why?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Haha, dude, chill.. Tazawa can only go an inning at a time. Its been that way all year. The fact he’s even pitching as well as is he is after pitching more innings than he ever has this year is pretty big.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Unless you’re talking about Uehara, but he’s not even close to fat. Still, 5 batters at most in a night for him.

        I think the only other option would of been Dempster, and thats a home run risk waiting to happen.

  10. misterdreamer119 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Not Uehara, Tazawa. He came in for one out and then pulls him. lackey panned out and Uehara has a 1 run cushion so well see.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Yeah, Tazawa can’t pitch more than an inning in a night. Especially after pitching last night. Just the way it is with relievers like him that wear out fast. Uehara has a 2 run cushion. He could have a couch cushion and I wouldn’t worry.

  11. whereyaat - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Anxiously awaiting for the Cardinals’ postgame comments/narrative about how Gomes disrespected them by watching that ball exit the park, and then flip his bat. Or is that only a criticism reserved for black and Latino players?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Nope, just Dodgers.

      • whereyaat - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        The Cardinals sure don’t play the game the right way.

  12. jya87 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Plate umpire’s strike zone is ridiculous, wow. 6 inches wider on both sides and 6 inches low.

  13. misterdreamer119 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I enjoy watching Uehara pitch. His pace is awesome.

  14. gameover78 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Hahaha he made the WONG move

  15. sabatimus - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Way to go, Tim “no reason to hold him on” McCarver hahahahahahaa you putz

  16. raysfan1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Holy crap, that’s two weird game-ending plays in a row…walk-off obstruction last night, runner picked off first tonight. Crazy.

  17. cohnjusack - Oct 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    This series is tied at 2-2. Had it not been for a couple of bonehead plays by the Red Sox at third base, this series could be over.

  18. cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    For a tied series, this has been…ugly.

    Game 1: Fielding disaster by the Cardinals, dropped double play, letting pop-up fall, etc
    Game 2: Terrible throw to third
    Game 3: Terrible throw to third
    Game 4: Tying run at the plate…runner picked off at first.

    Alright, it’s tied now. How about BOTH teams avoid mind-numbingly idiotic plays.

  19. drelms - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Jonny tonight gets it done. Thanks man.

    Great ending with a pick off at first could not be better. Looks like Sox are back in charge.

  20. realitypolice - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Is anyone else enjoying watching Jonny Gomes between pitches as much as I am? I mean, is he having a seizure? Your helmet is on fine, you twitchy freak.

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