Boston, Massachusetts - In all of the many accomplishments in Mookie Betts' young career with the Boston Red Sox (many of which have come this season and are particularly connected to lead off home runs), he had never hit a walk off home run. Until last night, that is.
The game between the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins was scoreless last night until the fifth inning when Eduardo Nunez doubled and then Jackie Bradley, Jr. smacked a home run to left center field.
The 2-0 lead was safe until the top of the seventh when Max Kepler scored on a Nunez error at second base. The game remained 2-1 until the ninth inning when the Twins took a 3-2 lead after Eddie Rosario doubled and scored Robbie Grossman and Jorge Polanco.
It was looking like Boston had blown yet another stellar start from their ace, Chris Sale, until the first batter trotted out by Boston in the bottom of the ninth, Rafael Devers, hit a home run into the right field stands and sent the game into extra innings.
Devers has always had a penchant for clutch hitting when the team's backs are against the wall and it was beautiful to see him come through again. After a 1-2-3 inning from Tyler Thornburg in the tenth, Mookie Betts took one strike looking and then clobbered a four-seam fastball to give the Sox a 4-3 victory. It was, of course, Mookie's first career walk off homer.
It was another classic game in a long list of unforgettable achievements by the 2018 Boston Red Sox and another special moment for Mookie, who is having a career year (MVP chants broke out at Fenway Park last night). With the victory, Boston improved to 72-33 on the year as they still hold a commanding lead over the Yankees in the American League East. In the win, Chris Sale also became the first pitcher to throw two hundred strikeouts this season, cementing his status as a Cy Young favorite.
This is undoubtedly a special Red Sox team and games like last night' are fun to savor because you sometimes can hardly believe your eyes.