Red Sox: Top five performances of opening series vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Apr 5, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 5, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (3) hits a two-run walk-off home run during the twelfth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (3) hits a two-run walk-off home run during the twelfth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

Sandy Leon

I watched all twelve innings of last night’s game. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a huge fan of pitchers duels. I appreciate the art of a quality start but I’d rather combine that with the Red Sox tearing up an opposing pitcher versus having to watch 12 innings of zero run baseball.

Nonetheless, the Red Sox got what they needed when they needed it most, from one of the most pleasant surprises in Red Sox recent memory.

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Doubted by many of the validity of his numbers last year — and for track record sake, good reason — Sandy Leon has gotten off to another good start through the first two games of the year, going five for his first eight after having a tough spring at the plate as well.

One of those five hits was arguably biggest of his career to date, and got the Red Sox season off to a bang. Finally trying to break through against the Pirates in the home half of the twelfth, the Red Sox got their first two runners aboard, leaving Leon to do his business.

On a fastball from Pirates left-hander Antonio Bastardo, Leon crushed it, a no doubted that landed in the back of the monster seats, sending Fenway faithful into a frenzy.

It was Leon’s first walk off hit of his career.