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The Red Sox walk off in extras against the Twins

Jun 18, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

Ortiz and Napoli AP

It was 0-0 through nine innings in Boston this afternoon, as neither Kyle Gibson nor John Lackey were giving an inch to opposing hitters. Then the 10th inning happened.

In the top of the 10th Chris Parmelee launched a solo shot off Koji Uehara to make it 1-0. In the bottom, however, the Sox struck back: David Ortiz homered to right field off Casey Fien. Then, three pitches later, Mike Napoli went deep to win the game.

It was just the latest abuse the Twins have taken at Ortiz’s hands. Ortiz is now hitting .336/.424/.677 with 20 homers in 264 plate appearances against his former team.

The Sox have now won three in a row. All low-scoring affairs against Minnesota. Blip or turning point? We’ll let hindsight determine that in a few weeks while trying to pass it off as analysis.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Where was Perkins?

    • Bryz - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Apparently he had a stiff back and decided he was unavailable. Considering I’ve had lower back pain for years, I completely understand if he said he couldn’t pitch.

  2. 18thstreet - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    There seems to be a mistake. According to this article, Koji gave up a hit. And it says here he gave up a run. I think they’re checking to see if we’re even reading the content.

    • sabatimus - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      “Obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally, it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products”.

  3. 18thstreet - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    There seems to be a mistake. According to this article, Koji gave up a hit. And it says here he gave up a run. I think they’re checking to see if we’re even reading the content.

  4. sabatimus - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This was great to see. Though this is a prime example of why assigning wins to pitchers is ridiculous. Lackey throws 9 scoreless and gets the no-decision; Uehara throws 1 inning and gives up the only run by Sox pitching and gets the win…on something as improbable as extra-inning back-to-back walk-off home runs.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Better than the guy who only had to make one pitch getting the win.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        At least that guy did his job. Koji was in line for the loss until the bats rewarded him with the win.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      It’s not a ridiculous system. No matter the system there’s going to be things that slip through the cracks. I have no problem with a system that rewards Koji with the win in that situation.

      The problem lies with people evaluating a pitcher using that stat as an important measure.

  5. happytwinsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I don’t think it’s just a blip that the Twins pitched three very good games in a row against the Redsox.

    • card0109 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I’m so happy that their pitching has been solid for the last three games… But man, did my heart sink when I heard Gladden call Napoli’s home run. Just sadness in my soul…

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Gladden called Napoli’s home run ???!!!. I say he’s told to stay in Boston!

      • card0109 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Not called as in prior to the hit, but announced it. But I’d be fine if he stayed in Boston. He’s not my favorite broadcaster by a long shot.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Okay, he can come back then. But he really should break his hand punching the water cooler or something.

  6. papajack1259 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Wher oh where are these Sox going? Victorino needs to get healthy and if Brock is real, Nap &Ortiz they could give the east a run……I am such a homer!.

  7. miguelcairo - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Watch out, now the Red Sox are gonna rally around Koji giving up a run. Hurl.

  8. bchagnon - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    This game is perfect example of how the current W/L stat for pitchers means nothing. At the end of the day, Lackey should have gotten this W without question.

    Lackey: 9IP, 0.0 ERA, 3 Hits Allowed. – Gets no decision
    Uehara: 1IP, 9.0 ERA, 1 Hit Allowed.l – Gets win

  9. scoochpooch - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Wow, yet another lucky comeback (luckback) from the LuckSox. Can this team ever win a game from start to finish? 0 runs in 9 innings and then suddenly they know how to score once they are down. They should just spot teams a 4 run lead every game.
    And why are people still pitching to Ortiz, he’s unstoppbale when roided up ala Bonds in the 2000s.

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