How do you even begin to describe the improbability of the Red Sox’ 9-8 walk-off win over the Los Angeles Angels? You start with the joy in the Red Sox clubhouse and the anger in the Angels’. Shortly after the Red Sox dogpiled in the middle of the diamond, Mike Scioscia leaned back in a chair in the visiting managers office and quipped, “What was the count at the end, 3-4 on Green?”
Maybe the only thing larger than the disparity of emotion was the wildness of the game. Here are, in no particular, some pieces from a night at Fenway Park that won’t soon be forgotten:
-Nick Green walked in the tying run despite (seemingly) swinging at strike three and (seemingly) looking at strike three, too. Green revealed after the game that he has been battling a “dead leg” and he thought he was going to collapse during the at-bat and had no chance to get a hit.
-Afterward, closer Brian Fuentes claimed the Red Sox get calls from umpires at Fenway because the umps are afraid, and that players on his team and on others agreed with him. “It seems like some times, especially here and some other places, some guys are timid to make a call,” Fuentes said. “It just seems like that’s the way it is. At Fenway. You hear it time and time again from other guys. The same thing happens when they come through. It’s something you have to live with. It’s either human mistake, or they’re scared. It’s one of the two.”
-The Red Sox won even though they trailed 3-0 in the sixth, 7-5 in the eigith, and 8-7 in the ninth.
-Alex Gonzalez walked for the first time since Aug. 9, six days before he played his first game for the Red Sox and a span of 115 at-bats.
-Jed Lowrie made his first plate appearance since Aug. 6 as a pinch hitter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run in scoring position. He smoked what would have been the game-tying hit, but Chone Figgins made a diving play to hold Lowrie to a single and load the bases.
-Daniel Bard earned the win despite allowing the go-ahead run to score in the ninth inning on three consecutive two-out singles.
-The Angels scored four unearned runs in the seventh after strike three of the third out squirted past Jason Varitek.
-The Red Sox, including pitchers, used 22 players. The battery in the 10th inning, if there was one, would have been Michael Bowden and George Kottaras. “We were about out of players,” manager Terry Francona said.
-Gonzalez, who was batting .210 when he arrived from Cincinnati, is now 20 for his last 60 with 11 RBI in his last 18 games.
-The Red Sox allowed 17 hits, the most in a victory since Aug. 12 last year.
-A rookie hitting .211 (Josh Reddick) entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
-The Red Sox ended the night the same distance away from the New York Yankees as the Texas Rangers in the standings. They trail the Yankees by 6 1/2 games and lead the Rangers by 6 1/2 games.