The magic has returned to Fenway Park, at least for one night. In a game that was reminiscent to many of the victories the team scraped out last season, the Boston Red Sox came from behind to defeat the Kanas City Royals on Friday night powered by Jonny Gomes’ go-ahead pinch-hit home run.
It was a great way to start the second half of the season for the Red Sox and a great way for the offense to show that it still has a little punch. After falling behind 4-1, it looked as though the struggles would continue for the offense, but that ended in the sixth when Xander Bogaerts knocked a two-run shot into the center field bleachers off Royals pitcher James Shields to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Bogaerts’ seventh homer of the season was just the beginning of a four-run inning. Stephen Drew followed with a ground-rule double and after David Ross struck out, Gomes was brought in to pinch hit and he delivered, driving a 2-2 pitch into the stands to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead that was held by the bullpen.
The pinch-hit homerun for Gomes placed him just one pinch-hit homer behind the Red Sox all-time leader, Ted Williams. After the game, Gomes talked about his flare for the dramatics and his ability to pull through during those pinch-hitting opportunities. He said, “For me, that’s the opportunity I feast on. I hope I didn’t shock anyone.”
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (5-5), recorded his second straight victory, but he did struggle a little bit, giving up four funs in six innings. He was, however, able to keep the game in reach and continue the momentum the team had going into the All-Star break. The way the team fought back reminded Buccholz of last season and gave Red Sox fans hope that the team is returning to that team and can somehow claw their ways back to the top of the AL East. Friday night was certainly a good start.