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“It was awesome,” right fielder Adrian Gonzalez said. “It was the first time I’ve seen a play like that. It was an incredible play. I was telling guys that he knew the guy in right field wasn’t going to get there, so he had a straight line to it and nobody was going to get in his way. It was an incredible catch.”
Not only that, it altered the course of the game. Without Sweeney’s catch, the Red Sox merely slug four homers in defeat. Without his catch, three double plays and two nice catches by Gonzalez become footnotes. Without his catch, we’re wondering why Jon Lester couldn’t pitch better with a lead.
But he made it and the Red Sox survived to claim a rousing victory.
“They were just happy,” Sweeney said when asked to describe his dugout reception. “It changed the game right there. If that ball falls, I don’t know what the score would’ve been, but it would’ve been pretty close.
“To have the momentum and have everyone happy that we got out of that inning gave everyone a boost for the rest of the game.”
Herald: Ryan Sweeney on center stage
That was one of the best grabs that I have seen from a Sox outfielder in a while. Sweeney kept the Sox alive with the diving catch and reassured everyone that he has what it takes to play center.
On top of that, Gonzo made a couple of nice grabs in right, especially the excuse me pop-up slide catch in foul territory. I think the Sox will be just fine when Interleague play comes around again in June.
Last night's game had comeback written all over it for the Phillies and the Sweeney catch was a huge speed bump in their effort. Bobby Valentine was sure it would be a top 10 play and it made #2 in the prestigious Sports Center Top 10.
Related: Globe: Sweeney's grabs attention | Providence Journal: Each in his own way, Gonzalez and Sweeney shine in the outfield | CSNNE: Defensive gems save Red Sox
On Page 2, Cody Ross receives good news on his foot
“I’m not going to say I’m going to play tomorrow. I don’t know how it’s going to feel,’’ said Ross, who doesn’t feel he will need to go on the disabled list.
“There needs to be some blood flow in there. If I really tried hard, I could walk normal. They want me to take it easy on it.’’
The initial X-rays were negative. But Ross could have further tests once the swelling decreases.
I thought for sure that the foul ball Ross hit of hs left foot would have resulted in a broken bone. Instead, Ross may have escaped major injury and a trip to the DL. The only problem is, the Sox are working with a depleted roster already.
The Red Sox have a lot of good outfielders in the minors, but none of the top performers are ready for major league action. It will take a couple of days for the swelling to go down and hopefully no further tests will be needed. We also have to hope no one else goes down in that time. *knock on wood*
The rest of the links:
Herald: Sox putting new spin on rotation | Jarrod Saltalamacchia right back in there | Which Manny Ramirez is going to show up | ESPN Boston: Lester Ggrinds through tough six-spot | Globe: Red Sox piece it together in Philly | Red Sox show some heart in Philly | CSNNE: Saltalamacchia returns to lineup with a vengeance