Jonny Gomes’ Gutsy Effort In Left Field Indicative Of Red Sox’ Team Character

August 2, 2013 4:02 AM
Jonny Gomes’ Gutsy Effort In Left Field Indicative Of Red Sox’ Team Character
" BOSTON (CBS) — There are many reasons why this year’s Red Sox team has just three fewer victories after Aug. 1 than last year’s team had all season long, but perhaps the biggest among them was on display in the top of the ninth on Thursday night in one simple burst of effort.

Jonny Gomes, a player who was not on that 2012 team, stood out in left field after pinch hitting in the bottom of the eighth. The Mariners led 7-2 and were threatening to tack on another run, with Michael Saunders on second base with two outs. There were two outs only because Gomes had made a fantastic play earlier in the frame, bare-handing a ball off the wall and firing to third base to gun down lead runner Kendrys Morales. Still, the game was over for nearly all intents and purposes, and a good number of the paying customers at Fenway had long since made their way to their vehicles. Felix Hernandez had silenced Boston’s bats for eight innings, and it was safe to assume the Sox would take the “L.” Life goes on.

Yet for Gomes, the game wasn’t a lost cause "

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