Red Sox acting manager Brad Mills went against conventional wisdom and brought in a left-hander, Hideki Okajima, to face Jay Payton with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning. But Okajima had a 0.50 ERA. He seemed like a pretty solid choice.
Who cares if lefties are supposed to pitch against lefties, and righties against righties, in this situation? Forget the percentages...right?
Payton lined Okajima's second pitch into the left field seats for his first grand slam since July 30, 2005, giving the Orioles a 6-3 lead.
Payton wouldn't come out for a curtain call, so Daniel Cabrera jumped on the top step and waved.