The Boston Red Sox put an exclamation point on a crazy day in Boston sports.
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the Red Sox loaded the bases, and David Ortiz hit a grand slam over the right field wall to tie the game, 5-5.
An inning later, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walk-off single to score Jonny Gomes to tie the American League Championship Series at 1-1.
Gary Tanguay, Lou Merloni, and Tony Massarotti talked about one of the best Red Sox playoff wins on Playoff Central.
“Before the game, I talked about if this team is going to come out of it, it’s going to come out of it with their leaders,” Merloni said. “It started with Dustin Pedroia and then it went to David Ortiz. I mean, those were the crushing blows. A lot of special wins Tony, this was amazing.”
The Red Sox had struggled immensely versus Detroit’s pitching in game one and for most of game two until the eighth inning. Coming into that inning, the Red Sox had struck out 30 times out of a possible 48 outs and had three hits.
“In this case, [they] were shutdown for the first 16 innings of this series,” Massarotti said. “You almost sense, once they got down 5-0 at the plate, they almost got looser. Like they said, ‘You know what, we’re getting shutdown here. We have nothing to lose. Now, let’s just loosen up and have some good at bats.’ The next thing you know, they have the tying run at the plate.”