Stat Line Of The Night — 6/24/12 — Cody Ross
When the Boston Red Sox took the field yesterday afternoon during their series finale against the Atlanta Braves, all eyes were on Kevin Youkilis. The 33-year-old third baseman was playing his 953rd, and final, game in a Red Sox uniform, as word had gotten out that he would be traded to the Chicago White Sox following the game. And while Youkilis was doing his part to make his final game at Fenway a memorable one, with two hits and an RBI in four at bats, it was right-fielder Cody Ross who was ensuring that Youk would end his Red Sox career on a winning note.
With the game still scoreless, Ross broke the deadlock with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, and he would follow up that demonstration of power with yet another in the very next innings, this time with a two-run shot off Braves starter Mike Minor. Those would be Ross’ only two hits in his four plate appearances, but they were big ones, as his two homer and five RBIs proved to be the difference during the Red Sox’s 9-4 victory over the Braves.
With Youkilis no longer a member of the Red Sox after helping them win two World Series championships during his last nine years with the club, they will need some of their other big bats to step up and fill the void. This time it was Cody Ross taking on that role, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, June 24, 2012.