Number 6: Brandon Phillips‘ go-ahead homer to cap huge comeback versus Braves
Back in June, the Red Sox signed veteran infielder Brandon Phillips to a minor league deal. He had multiple opportunities to opt out of that deal, but he chose to stick it out in AAA. Then in September, he made it back to the MLB for the expanded rosters. He gets his first start with the Red Sox on September 5 and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
After the Red Sox came back from down 6 runs only to give up a run to blow that new lead, it seemed their largest comeback of the season was all for naught. But then Dat Dude stepped up to plate in the 9th with a runner on and came through with a go-ahead homer and an awesome lean-back:
Number 5: Rick Porcello’s complete game 1-hitter versus Yankees
After winning the Cy Young in 2016 with the Red Sox, Porcello had a pretty disappointing 2017 season. Then he came back this year and had some huge starts, but none of them were bigger than his start on August 3 against the Yankees.
In his 297th career start, Porcello may have turned in the best pitching performance of his whole career. A 1-hit complete game in which he retired 21 straight batters and only threw 86 pitches in 9 innings. Additionally, he struck out 9 and walked zero in this outstanding outing.