Steven Wright (baseball)
Boston Red Sox – No. 35
August 30, 1984 |
|April 23, 2013 for the Boston Red Sox|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.67|
Born in Torrance, California, Wright attended Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California and the University of Hawaii before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians. While at Hawaii, Wright was named a second team All-American as a junior in 2006. He had an 11–2 record with a 2.30 ERA in 110 innings.
From 2007 to 2012, Wright played minor league baseball with the Lake County Captains, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, and Columbus Clippers, all affiliates of the Indians. With the 2008 Akron Aeros, he pitched a career-high 751⁄3 innings.
After an injury to Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan in April 2013, the Sox called Wright up to the big leagues. Wright's first major league experience was against the Indians, the team that traded him in 2012, but saw no action in the three-game series.
On April 23, 2013, Wright was called into a game versus the Oakland Athletics to relieve Alfredo Aceves. The first batter he faced, Brandon Moss, hit into a double play. Wright was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game, in which he allowed five runs in 3.2 innings.
On July 11th, 2013, Wright earned his first major league win vs Seattle. Wright pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in relief of an ineffective Ryan Dempster. Koji Uehara picked up the save, but presented Wright with the ball following the victory. Wright also picked up win #2 against the Mariners, again in relief of Dempster. Wright's second victory was on August 1st 2013. The Red Sox trailed 7-2 entering the 9th inning, but staged a furious comeback to walk off with a win, 8-7, making Wright the winner.
On August 6, 2013, while pitching to Ryan Lavarnway in his first major league start, his knuckleball enabled Lavarnway to tie a Major League record with four passed balls in one inning. The record was set by Ray Katt of the New York Giants in 1954, catching knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, and tied by Gino Petralli of the Texas Rangers in 1987, catching knuckleballer Charlie Hough.
During a game started on Friday, April 10, 2015 against the Yankees, after a tying home run by Chase Headley with one out remaining in the bottom of the 9th pushed the game into extra innings, Wright, the intended starter for Saturday, entered during the bottom of the 15th. Although yielding a tying run in each the 16th and 18th innings, Wright became the winning pitcher on record for 5 innings of relief in what would become the longest game yet played at the new Yankee Stadium, ending at 2:13am with a 6-5 score after six hours and 49 minutes (with an additional 16 minute delay due to a series of faulty stadium lights going out during the 12th inning). Later that morning, Wright was optioned to AAA Pawtucket to make room for the returning Joe Kelly.
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- "Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway ties big league record with four passed balls". mlb.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- Twitter / ESPNJoeyMac: Corey Brown has been designated for assignment and Steven Wright has been recalled.
- "Boston's 19-inning win had a bit of everything". espn.go.com. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)