Mr. Clutch: Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi delivers big hit in Baltimore

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Andrew Benintendi
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Andrew Benintendi /

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is quickly earning the nickname Mr. Clutch as he delivered once again in extra innings.

When the Boston Red Sox need a big hit, count on Andrew Benintendi.

The rookie outfielder came through again during Monday night’s wild 10-8 extra innings’ victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

What started off as a disappointing start to the game turned into another magical comeback for the Red Sox who kept their American League East lead over the New York Yankees at three games.

Doug Fister struggled early in staking the Orioles to a 6-1 lead before the Red Sox bats surged back to take a 7-6 lead.  Following Baltimore’s quick strike back ahead, the team battled back in the late innings to force the game to extra innings showing the kind of resilience this 2017 Boston Red Sox team has built.

"“I think that’s the kind of team we have,” Benintendi said, via  “We’re never really out of it.  We can put rallies together like that and score runs like we did pretty quickly.  Then our bullpen did a great job tonight.  We’re kind of used to these extra games now, so we know what it takes.”"


They certainly are.  In fact that have played in 17 extra inning games this season with an impressive record of 14-3, including Tuesday night’s victory highlighted by Benintendi’s clutch two-out, two-run hit in the 11th.

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It was the kind of game and clutch hit Boston Red Sox fans have become accustomed to, especially off the bat of Benintendi.

"“We’re kind of used to these extra games now, so we know what it takes,” the outfielder said."

Contributions from different players

At team doesn’t come back from five runs down without major contributions from multiple players.

The Boston Red Sox received that Tuesday night.  Key hits from Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts helped deliver Boston its 86th victory of the season.

It wasn’t just the bats, however, the Red Sox received clutch pitching from Addison Reed and Carson Smith.  Let’s not forget about this defensive gem by Jackie Bradley Jr.

"“I knew it was going to go off the wall,” Bradley said following the game.  “That ball was well hit.  I thought I played it pretty well off the wall, I knew I had a chance.  I just fired a strike to second.”"

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The put out extinguished a two-out rally by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning.  Bradley’s sixth assist of the season was a major reason the team was able to complete the comeback as it kept the game tied at 8-8 at the time.