BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox rallied in the ninth inning on Thursday night, scoring six runs against the Seattle Mariners for an 8-7 win that completed a three-game sweep.
This marks the 11th walk-off win for the Sox, who are just three walk-off wins away from breaking a team record of 13 set back in 1940.
Photos: Red Sox Walk-Off Wins
“I’m careful to say it’s unbelievable,” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Friday morning, “because there has been a lot of things this year we’ve done as a team and we expect things to happen like that, but six runs last night. I don’t think we’re expecting that to happen, but it just goes to show you what type of team we got. We’re resilient, we never give up until that last out is made and we know we’re just going to grind through it. The harder we grind through it the more games we’re going to win.”
This team is performing far better than the teams of the past few years, what is the difference between those teams and this current team?
“I think one of the key things we’re doing right now is we’re prepared every day. We’ve got a great coaching staff, Farrell’s done a great job, Butterfield been unbelievable with the infielders getting them prepared everyday to kind of know where to position certain hitters. And then Juan and Dana have done a great job with the pitchers and having a really good game plan and giving them the confidence they need to go out there and just pitch.”
Team chemistry is often attributed to why a team is either struggling or having great success, but some are quick to dismiss chemistry as a difference maker at all. Some even view chemistry as over rated, believing that it doesn’t have much to do with how a team performs.
“I think chemistry is definitely a major part,” Saltalamacchia stated, “teams in the past they’ve had a good group of guys. They’ve all liked each other and got along, but there always seemed to be that one little thing that causes us to think about that or causes us to harp on that instead of just turning the page and moving on for tomorrow.”
They guys also took some time to discuss David Ortiz flipping out and destroying a dugout phone, the number of young pitchers and last year’s spring training with Bobby Valentine.