Monday, July 22, 2013
And In The Role of Dave Kingman...
It was a feast-or-famine night for Mike Napoli on Sunday night.
He belted two home runs, including the game-winning blast in the bottom of the 11th to give the Red Sox a huge 8-7 win over the Yankees in yet another Sunday night marathon at Fenway.
Napoli also struck out three times, once with two men in scoring position. He also came up in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and score at 7-7. He promptly banged into a 6-4-3 double play.
Napoli has been fanning at a Red Sox-record pace, and may actually reach 200 by season end.
He hit a big three-run home run earlier, so that will make most fans forget the whiffs.
Lost in the series win was the fact that David Ortiz stole his 4th base of 2013. Wheels Ortiz has four thefts? Wow.
The Sox took the three-game series from New York, and it puts the Yankees deep in 4th place, 7 back. The win keeps the Red Sox 1 1/2 games up on Tampa Bay, who blow into Boston tonight for a huge four-game series.
The Sox are now 60-40, and on a pace to win 97 games.
(With thanks to my buddy Jere of A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory, who had the pleasure of being at Fenway last night and posted a few pictures on his blog about it today, including the above one.)