Gomes: 'Busted our butts' for home-field

Gomes: 'Busted our butts' for home-field
October 18, 2013, 2:00 am
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Going back to Fenway Park, the Red Sox hold a 3-2 lead after their 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in game five of the American League Championship Series.

Jonny Gomes went 0-for-4 at the plate with one run scored, but made two good defensive plays when he threw out Miguel Cabrera at home plate in the bottom of the first and then caught an Alex Avila fly ball near the wall in the bottom of the second.

Gomes talked with Gary Tanguay, Lou Merloni, and Tony Massarotti on Playoff Central about his defensive plays, particularly his catch in the second inning.

“I had to pull an audible real quick right there,” Gomes said. “It really wasn’t the best swing, when you’re reading swings. But, I had to get up on my horse and run back. One of the tougher catches for the left fielder are the ones that go straight back with the ball coming into play a little bit. I was going to run through that thing to grab that ball.”

After allowing no hits and having 12 strikeouts in six innings in game one of the ALCS, Anibal Sanchez started game five, but struggled as he let up nine hits and three earned runs in six innings.

“I think the guys that got out in the first game the ways they got out, didn’t do that tonight,” Gomes said. “Whether it was aggressive early or laying off a pitch that they swung that was in the dirt. You saw we were on him pretty quick and it was a pretty fast adjustment.”

The Red Sox are now one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2007, and can become American League champions on Saturday with a win.

“If we finish this whole thing with 103 wins I don’t think there is going to be too many happy players and coaches inside this clubhouse,” Gomes said. “We are one game away from entering one of our goals this offseason and that’s pretty special. It’s a great opportunity to come home to Fenway and hopefully celebrate in front of them again.”