Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel thought he lost the game on Friday night against the Oakland A’s. He dropped his head and walked towards the dugout, just to turn around and see center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. go up and over the wall to rob Ryon Healy of a game-winning home run and send the game to extras.
— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2017
That shot from Healy goes over the wall roughly 70 percent of the time. No, like, really:
Ryon Healys HR that was robbed by Jackie Bradley Jr was hit 103 MPH at a 33 degree launch angle. Similar batted balls are HR 70% of the time pic.twitter.com/rFy22wmQk1
— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 20, 2017
Kimbrel entered the night still not having allowed a hit to a right-handed batter so far in 2017. He leads the American League with 12 saves, and while he may not have earned one here, Bradley Jr. could be credited with an outright save of the game for Boston.
Despite Bradley Jr.’s best efforts, the A’s still went home walk-off winners in the bottom of the next inning as Mark Canha hit one that Bradley Jr. couldn’t reach.