The Red Sox took a 4-3 win over the Angels Friday, after Nick Pivetta’s start, where he allowed two runs off four hits, in six innings as his season ERA drops to 3.16.
Bobby Dalbec’s homer powered the Sox to victory, with a towering blast over the monster in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox the 4-3 lead. It was a changeup off of sidearm lefty Tony Watson, who has a ‘funky’ motion while pitching.
“First, I was just trying to get my timing,” Dalbec said. “He’s got kind of that little, funky hitch arm thing so I was just trying to find the ball, find the release point. He threw me a couple of good pitches to hit early, those fastballs. But I was really trying to force it to right-center there.”
Dalbec got a curtain call, as the Fenway crowd that sat at just under ten thousand fans sounded like a full ballpark. As fans chanted the first baseman’s name, catcher Christian Vazquez encouraged Dalbec to take a curtain call.
“He made me run out there,” Dalbec said while chuckling.
Dalbec is now 7-for-21 with three big flies in the past six games, after struggling out of the gates.
“To have a curtain call, it was great to see,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
The Red Sox sit at a league-best 24-16, and with 32 games played he’s hitting .206, with a .644 OPS and four homers, three off lefties. He’s really struggled against righty pitching this season, hitting just .116 with a lone home run off of right-handers.
“It was crazy,” Dalbec said about the curtain call. “Crazy moment. Special moment. Something that you dream of as a kid.”
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