Jun 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (22) throws in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in 13 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Gomes Ices 3-1 Sox Win With Walk Off Two-Run Homer

Let’s get the most important business out of the way first. Andrew Bailey has to go. Period. End of story. It can’t be said any more plainly. He’s not the answer and proved it once again Tuesday night. His saving – and I use that word with all the irony I can muster – grace was that Jonny Gomes hit a two-run walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth to literally hand him a victory deserved not by him but rather Felix Doubront.

Jun 16, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) at bat in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

An exhausted Red Sox bullpen got just what they needed from Doubront in the second half of their double header against the Tampa Bay Rays. Doubront pitched eight stellar innings, posting a goose egg against Joe Maddon‘s crew while allowing just three hits, striking out six and issuing no walks. Boston’s offense, as well, would need just that kind of performance, after eking out just one run against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.

Bailey’s latest face plant ruined Doubront’s outing when he gave up a solo jack to Kelly Johnson in the top of the ninth to allow the Rays to tie the game 1-1 and then walked Ben Zobrist. Had it not been for a brilliant diving stab by Jose Iglesias at third base off the bat of Evan Longoria to force Zobrist at second to end the inning, it could have been a lot worse. The damage was done. Boston would need to pull out the win in the bottom of the ninth or go to extra innings with a depleted bullpen. As The Cars sang years ago, “I guess you’re just what I needed.” Mr. Gomes, do your thing.

After a surging Daniel Nava walked to lead off the inning, Gomes took Ray reliever Joel Peralta deep into the Monster seats and the night. Gomes’ blast triggered a raucous celebration that capped a very long day of baseball. Boston won the first half of the double header 5-1 after suffering through a three hour rain delay. All in all, players got the park about 9 am this morning and will leave after 11 pm.

Great starting pitching performance by Doubront. Terrible blown save by Bailey. Clutch homer by Gomes to claw back the win and hand Bailey a most undeserving win.

With the two wins on Tuesday Boston pushed the Rays seven games off the pace while leading the Yankees by four and the Orioles by 2.5

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  • John Fahrer

    It was the first time Doubront went eight innings in his career. Great to see Gomes mash in June as he’s been known to do in recent years.

    I’ve been patient with Bailey, but he continues to struggle in these situations. Probably time to think about giving the job to DeLaRosa or maybe Uehara. Will refrain from joining the “Bring Back Papelbon” cult. Despite Ian Browne’s belief that the cost wouldn’t be much, a club like Detroit will outbid them as they are in a more desperate situation. At least the Red Sox have viable alternatives from within.

    • Rick M

      The only positive about the three Bailey meltdowns is the Sox won each game but these Heathcliff moments are tough on everyone.

      Gammons mentioned Miller as a possible closer on the telecast. Miller has righties hitting .149. Not bad. He has managed his walks of late and he certainly has that great K total.

      Koji is one I like. Gets the ball over with some good stuff. Has closed
      before. Breslow is also a possibility. Righties are hitting .205 against him and he does have a low WHIP thanks to giving up few walks. Tazawa is also a possibility but IMO he seems ideally suited for where he is. Sox did have him as closer for a short time so they could go in that direction and not listen to me – always a good idea. I can’t see them shuffling aminor leaguer (Ruby) into that slot nor can I see them going to the rade mart(Paps).

      Bailey was not the closer according to the Master plan. Hanrahan was. Time to revise the plan.

  • Rick M

    Felix should have started the 9th. I’m really old school and you play the hot hand especially with a pitch count at 93. Talking heads on telecast talked of Miller closing.

    • John Fahrer

      I agree that they should’ve let Felix attempt to earn his complete game shutout especially since the first batter faced was left-handed.

      Miller had pitched earlier in the day and had thrown 20 pitches. I can understand the argument for Breslow who had only thrown 12. But it was doubtful they’d have a guy who pitched earlier warm up and go out there again unless they absolutely had to.