Alex Meyer threw, turned, and stared at Pesky’s Pole in disbelief, his face illustrating the indignation he felt, at himself, at this game, at his night he knew was soon to be finished.
He had flung six pitches to Hanley Ramirez in Friday’s fourth inning at Fenway Park, each tempting enough for Ramirez to consider swinging, none overly so. In a 3-and-2 count, he fired a slider away from the Boston designated hitter, who seemed to anticipate it.
Ramirez’s swing carried the ball 350 feet to right field, far enough in this relic of an earlier era to be a two-run home run.
“That,” Meyer said, “was the last thing I was thinking was gonna happen.”
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