Dustin Pedroia has finally done it for the Boston Red Sox and it couldn’t have come in better fashion.
The second baseman hit his 100th career home run last night to lead a grand slam which saw him take the game away from the Oakland Athletics as Boston triumphed 7-1 at Fenway Park.
It was his first homer of the year and only the second grand slam of his career to move the Red Sox lead from one to comfortable five at the bottom of the sixth innings.
The knock, a stunning smash over the high right field boundary off a Ryan Cook pitch, also pushed Pedroia’s career RBI score over 500.
Speaking to MLB.com, Pedroia said: “Honestly I was trying to drive one run in. You know as a team we’ve been scuffing a little bit with guys on bases, so I kept my weight back which is nice.“I kind of hit it off the end but it back-spun an was just able to get over the Monster.”
Boston Red Sox have suffered an indifferent start to the season as defending World Series Champions. The club has produced plenty of fine performances without finishing them off and getting the win.
But with all bases loaded and Pedroia determined not to let this one slip, he sent the fans crazy and made a small piece of history.
The 30-year-old, who has spent his whole MLB career with the Red Sox after making his debut in 2006, has joined Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski to have hit 100 homers and stolen 100 bases. They are the only two Red Sox players to ever achieve that feat, which stunned Pedroia.
The second baseman had struggled at the start of the season having only six RBIs in 28 games prior to Friday night. The fans' favourite, who has appeared for the Red Sox in over 1,000 games, will hope to push on for the rest of the season.
The victory improved the Red Sox’s record to 14-16 while the A’s stuttered to 18-11. The win kicked off a three-game series against the A's after the Red Sox lost twice in the double-header against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
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