Gomes: Pride in protecting Ortiz in lineup

Gomes: Pride in protecting Ortiz in lineup
October 28, 2013, 2:00 am
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Throughout this postseason run, the Boston Red Sox have had many players fill the role of the hero and Jonny Gomes took on that role again in Game 4 of the World Series.

In the top of the sixth, Gomes hit a three-run homerun off of St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Seth Maness giving the Sox a 4-1 lead, which they held onto for a 4-2 win to even the series at 2-2.

Gomes joined Lou Merloni on Playoff Central to talk about his contributions in Game 4, a game that Gomes wasn’t even supposed to start, but got the nod when Shane Victorino was scratched with back stiffness.

“I found out about halfway through my batting practice,” Gomes said. “John Farrell came up, and John Farrell is like the principal, when he calls you over not too many good things are happening especially right before a game. Fortunately, this time something good did happen.”

After the Cardinals worked around David Ortiz in the sixth, it set the stage for Gomes’ go-ahead homerun.

“I don’t want to be a slouch,” Gomes said. “I’m obviously not the resume to protect David Ortiz. But, I mean at the same time, this game is a lot harder than turn a switch on and off. I take pride in that. I take pride in them wanting to pick me over him.”

The Red Sox Game 4 win now guarantees the World Series will be decided at Fenway Park.

“This win is pretty important, but this isn’t the win that counts,” Gomes said. “So, hopefully we’re able to celebrate the last win. These three games here in St. Louis, we needed one win, we got it tonight. Obviously tomorrow is a big game. What sums up tonight is we get to go back to Boston and play inside Fenway Park and rock and roll in front of Sox nation.”