Gomes delivers in the clutch

Gomes delivers in the clutch
May 18, 2013, 1:30 am
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MINNEAPOLIS – Jonny Gomes entered Friday night’s game against the Twins hitting just .188, and was hitless with two walks in his fifth plate appearance of the game. But, it is situations such as the one presented to him in that 10th-inning at-bat in which he takes pride.
The Twins had just walked Stephen Drew to load the bases with one out, hoping reliever Josh Roenicke could induce a double play from Gomes to end the inning. Instead, Gomes lofted Roenicke’s third pitch, a slider, to center field, where Aaron Hicks caught it. But it appeared there was some confusion in the field, as Hicks and left fielder Oswaldo Arcia converged, and Hicks had to double clutch before throwing the ball in. Dustin Pedroia scored on the paly, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead, the eventual final score.
Gomes had just one thought going into the at-bat.
“We had a couple of double plays early on in the game,” he said. “Just don’t run into a double play. But just looking for a pitch to elevate really. And it worked out.”
Indeed, the Sox hit into three double plays with runners on base earlier in the game, including two inning-ending double plays by Dustin Pedroia, who now leads the team, hitting into seven double plays.
Manager John Farrell had confidence in Gomes.
“The way Jonny’s been locked in, I think as good against right-handers knowing that he’s been brought over here to face lefties,” Farrell said. “But we get the sacrifice fly, we manufactured the run.”
“Just a situation like that, just look for a pitch to elevate,” Gomes said. “Just trying to simplify things, and do what the situation calls for.
“Every once in a while it’s good to have an uppercut.”