While most people were probably watching the coronation of LeBron James and the Miami Heat Thursday night as NBA champions, the Boston Red Sox were completing a three game sweep of the Miami Marlins. The win was the fifth straight for the streaky Red Sox.
South Florida was probably unaffected by the Marlins being swept with the Heat winning their second NBA title, but Red Sox fans sure noticed and enjoyed the come from behind win. The Sox scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to take home a 6-5 win.
The comeback was lead by three young unlikely players for Boston. Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava came up with the big hits to keep Boston in the game and ultimately win it.
Will Middlebrooks continues to be impressive as he blasted a game tying two run home-run in the eighth off of Marlins relief pitcher Edward Mujica. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia started the rally with a double off of Miami reliever Randy Choate.
The big home-run was followed by a single from center fielder Ryan Kalish. Kalish advanced to third after hustling around the bases on a ground out to first base. Sox left fielder Daniel Nava knocked him in with a single of his own to give Boston its first lead at 6-5.
The performances were big considering all of the press coverage of the clubhouse turmoil.
If there has been one bright spot for the inconsistent Red Sox this season it has been the development and discovery of young players like Middlebrooks and pitcher Felix Doubront.
With the win Boston matched its season high of being three games over .500.