BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Bemboom finally lived his dream after a long day and a longer journey back to the Los Angeles Angels.
The former Creighton catcher hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning after Kole Calhoun’s solo homer tied it in the eighth, leading the Angels past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
Called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Salt Lake, Bemboom flew into Boston from Des Moines, arrived around noon and showed up at Fenway Park about 20 minutes before the first pitch. A little less than 4 1⁄2 hours later, he grounded his hit to right field.
“That’s something you dream about — think about when you get drafted with the team. In a way it happened,” said Bemboom, standing in front of his black and gold Salt Lake Bees’ equipment bag lying on the floor.
He was drafted by Los Angeles in the 22nd round of the 2012 amateur draft. After being taken by Colorado in the 2016 Rule 5 draft, he became a free agent and signed with Tampa Bay.
The 29-year-old catcher was up with the Rays earlier this year before Los Angeles purchased him from the Rays on July 16.
"We wouldn't have won it without him," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.
Bemboom, a Minnesota native, spent two seasons at Creighton after beginning his college career at Iowa Western. He started 106 games in 2011 and 2012. In his senior season, he led the Bluejays in RBIs (41), doubles (17) and triples (4).
Meanwhile, the defending World Series champion Red Sox have blown 22 saves, tied for most in the majors, and are currently out of a playoff spot.