BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox did very little at the plate in the opener of a split doubleheader yesterday. Jonny Gomes certainly did something a lot more in his first two at-bats.
With an idea created and developed by his agent, Gomes went to the plate his first two at-bats and alternated one of two specially made bats with the words “Boston Strong” and the full names of the four victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard were killed in the explosions last Monday and MIT police officer Sean Collier was shot to death on Thursday.
“It wasn’t me. It was my agent,” Gomes said, standing at his locker with the bats leaning against his stall after Boston’s 4-2 loss in the first game against Kansas City. “He asked me if I was able to pull it off, would I be able to do it. He made it happen.
“Two of them,” he said. “First at-bat, second at-bat. I plan on auctioning them off.”
Gomes popped to short and grounded out to shortstop in the at-bats. His agent is Dan Lozano.
Ervin Santana pitched seven strong innings and the Royals ended Boston’s seven-game winning streak with the win.
Kansas City scored three runs in the fourth with Salvador Perez’s two-run single breaking a 2-2 tie against Ryan Dempster (0-2).
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to Crow. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.
“The difference in the game was Perez on the 1-1 slider for two runs as opposed to the eighth inning where we had the bases loaded and had a chance to create some damage on our own part,” Boston manager John Farrell said.