June 21, 2009
It wasn't the "Mother's Day Miracle," as NESN's Tom Caron stated after the game. But this was just as sweet.
Don Orsillo didn't even get the chance to introduce the new Atlanta Braves pitcher (Jeff Bennett) as Nick Green was all over Bennett's first pitch and shot it around Pesky's Pole for the 6-5 walk-off win.
Green has two walk-off home runs in his career (his last came as a member of the Atlanta Braves, where he beat Boston in 2004)and when NESN's Heidi Watney interviewed him right after, he said, "I didn't know it was a walk-off."
Who couldn't be happier for this kid?
In spring training, Green was just trying to battle for a spot on the 25-man roster. When Jed Lowrie went down with a wrist injury and Julio Lugo with a bad right-knee, this gave Green a chance to really show his stuff and has he ever.
Every month, Green has improved at his new shortstop position. In April, he had five errors in 65 chances. In May, three errors in 61 chances. So far in June, Green's got one error in 62 opportunities.
On offense, Green is batting .293 with four home runs and 25 RBIs, which is powerful enough for a shortstop.
So, what about Julio Lugo?
Keeping you posted folks.
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