The new Red Sox pitcher was once again solid on the mound, tossing six innings of two-run ball in a no decision against the Cincinnati Reds, but it’s what he did on the base paths that has people talking.
After leading off the third inning with a single to right field, Kelly found himself on second base after a sac bunt by Brock Holt. With Dustin Pedroia at the plate, Reds’ starter Mat Latos paid little attention to Kelly as he danced around the bag throughout the at-bat. Finally, with the count 3-0 to Pedroia, Kelly casually took off for third and notched the first steal of his career.
It’s also the first steal by a Boston pitcher since Bill Landis committed base path larceny back in 1969. You have to go back even further to 1959 for the last time a Red Sox pitcher stole third base, when Tom Brewer did it against the Cleveland Indians.
“I figured since I was in the A.L. I wouldn’t get very many more chances,” said Kelly, who was stranded at third "
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