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RED SOX TAKE ON REDS TONIGHT IN GM-2

RED SOX TAKE ON REDS TONIGHT IN GM-2

STATE OF THE SOX: Boston defeated the Reds yesterday at Fenway Park, 4-3 in 12 innings on a walk-off single by Grady Sizemore…It was Boston’s 2nd extra-innings win of the season and 1st at home since 7/31/13 vs. SEA (15.0 innings).

·         The club is 1 win shy of reaching .500 for the 1st time since they were 2-2 on 4/4 after the first 4 games…This is Boston’s 9th chance at a .500 record since 4/4.

·         The Red Sox are 4-0 on Wednesdays this year, the club’s only day of the week without a loss so far.

·         Tomorrow will be Boston’s 2nd off-day in 4 days, and their 3rd of 5 days off in a 22-day stretch, 4/28-5/19. 

WALKING OFF: Last night’s game-ending single was Grady Sizemore’s 4th career walk-off hit, his 1st in nearly 8 years since a walk-off triple on 8/11/06 for CLE vs. KC.

·         According to Elias, only 2 other players who have played a game this season had a gap of 7+ years between walk-off RBI: Curtis Granderson, whose game-winning single earlier this season was his 1st walk-off RBI since June 2006, and Jose Reyes, who went over 7 years between walk-off hits from 2005-12.

·         It was Boston’s 2nd ever walk-off win over the Reds, both in the 12th inning…The other was Game 6 of the 1975 World Series on Carlton Fisk’s famous home run down the left-field line. 

JAKE’S FAVORITE: Tonight’s starter Jake Peavy is 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA (17 ER/71.1 IP) in 10 career starts against the Reds…It is his best ERA among teams he’s faced at least 3 times, and the 2nd-best ERA vs. CIN among active hurlers (min. 50.0 IP) behind PHI’s Cole Hamels (1.70). 

A QUICK 300: In his 1,048th career major league game last night, Dustin Pedroia doubled twice to reach 300 in his major league career…Pedroia became the 6th-fastest player to reach 300 doubles over the last 100 years (see chart).

·         With Pedroia’s 121 career stolen bases, he became the fastest player in modern major league history (since 1900) to amass both 100 SB and 300 2B.

 

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