Darnell McDonald was called from Pawtucket yesterday to lend a hand to the Red Sox in case they needed an extra bat. The 31-year old outfielder was asked to pinch-hit in the eighth inning, where he stepped up to crush a two-run homer before contributing the game winning single in the ninth for Boston to defeat the Texas Rangers 7-6. McDonald certainly arrived at the right time to help lift the Sox to claim their first win in seven games. “I couldn’t write a script any better than this,” he said. “A lot happened. A dream come true. That’s why I signed over here to be able to play in this type of atmosphere.”
Tim Wakefield was able to earn some franchise history for himself as McDonald became the first Red Sox player to homer in his first plate appearance since Orlando Cabrera in 2004. The veteran knuckleballer just recently surpassed Cy Young to move into second place on the Red Sox all-time list with more than 2,729 innings pitched. In total he let up six runs through six innings of with five walks and three strikeouts, all while allowing the Rangers to steal nine bases. “I was just concentrating on throwing strikes and wasn’t keeping an eye on the running game, which showed, they stole nine bases off me,” said Wakefield. “I know it’ll get better.” The Sox will matchup with the Rangers again this Wednesday and Thursday before welcoming the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway for a three-game weekend series. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!