Stat Line Of The Night — 9/27/11 — Ryan Lavarnway
On September 3rd, the Boston Red Sox held a nine game lead atop the AL Wild Card standings. A terrible month of September has since caused that lead to evaporate, and they entered last night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the last remaining spot in the post-season. The regulars in the Red Sox line-up haven’t been getting the job done in September, so manager Terry Francona decided to look elsewhere for some help. He found it in 24-year-old catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
With only 30 career at bats heading into last night’s game, Lavarnway would make the most of his next four at bats, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs during the Red Sox 8-7 victory. The Rays were also victorious last night, so the Sox were unable to move ahead of the Tampa in the Wild Card standings, but Lavarnway’s performance at the plate did ensure that they would enter game 162 of the season in a tie for the final playoff spot. It also earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, September 27, 2011.