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