BOSTON - Lost amid the Hanley Ramirez heroics in the ninth, capping the Red Sox' most exciting and most improbable win of the season, was the performance of a rather anonymous reliever in the Red Sox bullpen.
Two weeks ago, Robby Scott wasn't on the Red Sox' 40-man roster, let alone their 25-man roster. He spent six seasons in the Red Sox' system after playing a year in independent ball.
When Scott entered the game Thursday night, he was pitching with 13 days' rest.
He made his major league debut on Sept. 2 in Oakland, then sat for two weeks, a spare part in a crowded bullpen and no official role.
But Thursday marked the third time since Sunday afternoon that the Red Sox were forced to go to their bullpen in either the third or fourth innings. That's a lot of outs for relievers to get in a week, and without any other available fresh arms, Scott was summoned.
When he entered the game, the Red Sox were trailing 5-1.
Scott retired the Yankees in order in the sixth and seventh before allowing a single, a walk and an infield single in the eighth. But an alert play by shortstop Xander Bogaerts cut down Chase Headley at the plate.
That made for three scoreless innings, with two hits and walk allowed.
"Robby Scott set this one up,'' observed John Farrell. "Three shutout innings were key.''
Scott did a little bit of everything in Pawtucket, serving as a spot starter, a long reliever, lefty specialist and everything in between.
If he doesn't pitch another inning the rest of the way, he'll have already made his mark on the 2016 season.