Former Foothill baseball player Brad Boxberger helped the Tampa Bay Rays get off to a successful start in last weekend’s series against the Angels in Anaheim.
Boxberger, who led Foothill to the CIF Division II championship in 2006, came on in relief in the ninth inning in the Friday, July 14 game. With a scoreless inning of work, Boxberger got the victory in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win over the Angels in 10 innings. Alex Colome got the save for the Rays, who took two of three from the Angels.
Boxberger’s family, including his parents Rod and Marjorie, were on hand for Friday’s game and the other two games of the series. Boxberger also pitched 1/3 of an inning of scoreless relief on Saturday, July 15. Tampa Bay won the game, 6-3.
“It is always nice to play in front of family and friends,” Brad Boxberger said in an Email to the Orange County Register/Tustin News. “My wife, kids, and I are so thankful for the support we have no matter where I am playing, but it’s definitely more fun having everybody together at the games. Even my newborn nieces got to be there. They are only a month old and it was obviously their first baseball game, so that was really cool.
“I’m happy to be back with our team, especially with how well we have been playing. It’s definitely going to be an exciting second half.”
Boxberger, 29, was activated off the 60-day disabled list (right hip flexor) on June 29. In six games this season, he has a 2-0 record with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in 5 1/3 innings. He has not allowed a hit. In his career, Boxberger is 15-16 with a 3.09 ERA and 44 saves. The highlight of…