It was the top of the 7th inning last night, although with all the managerial machinations viewers must have felt that is was the 17th inning. Boston rookie Xander Bogaerts, showing patience well beyond his 21 years, drew a pinch-hit walk with one out off the Rays’ Jake McGee. He went to third when Jacoby Ellsbury started the cash register bells ringing in agent Scott Boras’ ears with a bloop single.
Peralta’s first pitch, bounced in the dirt past catcher Jose Lobaton, allowing the tying run to score, and as Ellsbury was stealing second on the pitch he continued to third as the ball rolled toward the backstop, Boras called his doctor complaining about tinnitis from the ka-chings.
Shane Victorino then beat out a slow chopper to short enabling Ellsbury to score the go-ahead run and set them on a course for ALCS.
But, it was the wild pitch that did in the pitcher from Krypton.
Peralta has thrown 19 regular season wild pitches
2013 Wild Pitch leaders
All-time Wild Pitch
Really good pitchers throw wild pitches (and so does Joel Peralta)