But he had only batted in two of those postseasons — 2010 with the Cincinnati Reds and last year with the Oakland Athletics.
Gomes had said before the playoffs that he wanted to prove that he wasn’t just a complementary piece that could help a team get to the playoffs.
No one was surprised Gomes delivered the biggest hit of the day and allowed the Sox to capitalize on Myers’s mistake.
“Yeah, you got to take advantage of opportunities you get in the playoffs,” said Napoli. “We were able to do that. Jonny had a huge double to tie the game.”
But no one would be talking about Myers’s fly ball faux pas if Gomes hadn’t followed it with a clutch hit.
Gomes made Myers’s play — and the Sox return to the playoffs — a memorable one.