VIDEO: Mike Napoli takes Justin Verlander deep to give Red Sox only run of ALCS Game 3

  • David Whitlock

Postseason baseball is always about the pitching.  But this is getting ridiculous.  The Boston Red Sox seemed hard pressed to put together a string of hits against former Cy Young Award winner Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander, so Mike Napoli took matters into his own hands.  Watch as he turns around a 96 MPH Verlander fastball and places it over the fence for the only run of the game (via MLB.com):

 

All that was missing was a bullpen cop thrusting his arms in the air.  The former Cy Young Award winner Verlander had a mediocre 2013, but had been all but untouchable with no earned runs in his last 5 starts, spanning 33 innings.  It just takes one, as former All-Star Napoli found out.  Mike Napoli also hit his first career home run off of Verlander in his first major league at bat in 2006.

The win gives the Red Sox a 2-1 ALCS lead, with two more games in Detroit, then two in Boston should it go that far.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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