[…] Dustin Pedroia and Gabe Kapler made dazzling defensive plays in the eighth inning to help Boston to a 6-4 win over Toronto at Fenway Park. […]
The eighth inning featured a 4-6-3 double play started when Pedroia dove to his right on a hard smash off the bat of Gregg Zaun. The inning ended when Russ Adams hit a sinking liner to right and Kapler dove to make the catch.
“Pedroia made the play of the night,” Francona said. “If he doesn’t make that play, it’s first and third with no one out. We’re swimming upstream again. Because he makes the play, we can go to [Jonathan Papelbon] where we did and close it out.” […]
The wild ending capped a day in which the Red Sox traded David Wells to San Diego, acquired right-hander Kevin Jarvis from Arizona and received the news that David Ortiz was released from the hospital and could return to action as soon as Saturday.
“It was very gratifying. We got deep enough in a game where we could do what we did. [Mike] Timlin coming in and getting a couple of outs, watching Pedroia make that play, letting Pap finish it out. I felt a lot of emotions today. Saying goodbye to Boomer [Wells], seeing guys [Jon Lester] in the hospital and then coming out and watching our guys play their fannies off. It was very gratifying to see how much they cared about winning one single game.”
Why do I keep posting about this? It’s exciting to see a Woodlander get a shot in the big leagues. Out of all the guys I have seen over the years, few have actually made it to the big time, and when they did, they couldn’t cut it. I believe Dustin has a very good shot at holding onto his spot in the lineup, if only he can get his hits to start falling. He may just be the next Eckstein.