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Baileyed Out

Felix Doubront had a dazzling eight innings of three-hit baseball with no walks and six strikeouts. He passed the baton to Andrew Bailey, who promptly surrendered a solo shot to Kelly Johnson to tie the game 1-1. As Jeor Mormont said to Samwell Tarly, “That was your job. Your only job.”

Bailey definitely owes Doubront a clean save so he can get the W and Red Sox fans a scoreless save conversion. There’s just too much stress in the Boston sports scene with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals and Aaron Hernandez under scrutiny in a homicide investigation.

Fortunately for the Red Sox and Bailey Jonny Gomes entered the batter’s box with vengeance in his eyes and lightning in his bat. He came up with the team that was then known as the Devil Rays. The only time his home field had crowds of any note were when the Red Sox or Yankees were in town.

How sweet it must have been for him to power the two-run homer over the Monster to win the game against his former team. With pure exuberance Gomes rounded third and punted his helmet.

The couple from Kentucky who were the fans of the game witnessed a truly magical moment. The gentleman was a Red Sox fan because the team used to have their Double-A and Triple-A teams in Louisville. He saw players like Carlton Fisk, Jim Lonborg, and Dwight Evans as minor leaguers and followed them into their major league careers. Even though the Red Sox haven’t had a minor league presence in Kentucky since the 70s he has remained a fan.

Game 73: June 18, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays
1 L: Joel Peralta (1-3)
HR: Kelly Johnson (11)
WinBoston Red Sox
3 BS, W: Andrew Bailey (3, 3-0)
2B: Stephen Drew (11), David Ortiz (14)
HR: Daniel Nava (10), Jonny Gomes (5)

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