Though he’s made just two starts as a member of the Red Sox since being acquired from the Cardinals on July 31, Joe Kelly has already notched his name in the Sox’ history books.
After singling to start the top of the third, Kelly advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brock Holt. Then, as Dustin Pedroia was issued a four-pitch walk from Mat Latos, Kelly took off for third, and the Reds were so surprised that the steal didn’t even draw a through from catcher Devin Mesoraco.
While the swipe was the first stolen base of Kelly’s career, it was also the first snag by a Red Sox pitcher since Sept. 8, 1969. In that game, Bill Landis stole second base in the top of the fifth against the Cleveland Indians.
It had been even longer since a Sox pitcher stole third base; not since Tom Brewer on July 30, 1959 had a Boston hurler accomplished that feat. On that date, Brewer took third in the top of the seventh off of Cleveland pitcher Mudcat Grant.
Kelly’s steal, while impressive, ended up going for naught, as David Ortiz popped up and Yoenis Cespedes lined out to left with Kelly on third and Pedroia on first to end the inning and strand both runners.