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Joe Kelly swiped his way into the Red Sox’s record book

Aug 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Joe Kelly made his second start for the Red Sox last night after coming over from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, tossing six innings of two-run ball against the Reds.

He also went 1-for-2 at the plate and then did something on the bases that no Red Sox pitcher has done since 1969: Kelly stole a base.

And it was third base, too.

Kelly singled to center field off Mat Latos in the third inning, got bunted over to second base by Brock Holt, and then swiped third base without a throw while the unsuspecting Reds were walking Dustin Pedroia on four pitches.

The last Red Sox pitcher to steal a base? Bill Landis on September 8, 1969.

The last Red Sox pitcher to steal third base? Tom Brewer on July 30, 1959.

  1. bluesoxbaseball - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Being the first since a particular date to do something is not a “record.” Unless your using “record book” as the book where things are recorded in which case everything is in the record book.

    • mf44srq - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Not only is it not a record, but Red Sox pitchers didn’t run the bases from 1973 through 1996, and only since 1997 in limited interleague play. Did he do something rare, unique, kinda cool, yes. A record, no, it’s a stat…

    • uwsptke - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      More accurate title: Joe Kelly swiped his way into the Red Sox’s scoring book.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Thanks. And agreed and correct. Again, Craig the lawyer has precision in English usage fail him for whatever reason.

      It’s also part of English hyperbole inflation, along with bad English usage.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Craig didn’t write this post.

  2. hoober27 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Seeing as how he tweaked a hammy trying to beat out an infield single earlier this year, I can’t image the Red Sox brass is all the pleased with Kelly stealing bases. Then again, they’re probably playing for a top 10 (hence protected) draft pick at this point.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Kelly easily took that bag while running maybe 50%. It was more a heads-up mental play than anything. The pitcher, pitching from the stretch, didn’t even glance at Kelly for the first three pitches of the AB. On the 4th pitch, Kelly decided that if the pitcher wasn’t going to check his runner, he would just take a 30-foot lead and basically walk over to 3rd base.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Agreed. I’m going to laugh my head off with schadenfreude if he gets himself hurt at bat or on the bases again.

    • rje49 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      I see him as setting a great example for showing maximum effort. The Red Sox need more wake-up calls by guys like this.

  3. blacksables - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Reason ‘any’ while the NL and pitcher’s hitting is infinitely better than the sign of the apocalypse.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    This doesn’t surprise me a bit. Joe Kelly is an athlete.

    • rje49 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Yes, and we thank the Cardinals for him.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Lol!

        Translation: Yes, and we thank the Cardinals for taking John Lackey off our hands.

  5. mkprz - Sep 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Kelly is nothing but a punk kid.

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