BOSTON - Wednesday, Craig Breslow '02 became the first Yale graduate to win a World Series since Ron Darling '82 did in 1986.
Despite some trouble in the World Series, Breslow capped off a solid postseason on baseball's biggest stage. Through 7.1 innings of playoff work, he held opposing batters to a .222 batting average and maintained a 2.45 ERA. He appeared in ten different games and grabbed his first postseason win (1-0).
His best playoff outing was on October 8th, when he earned the win over the Tampa Bay Rays to advance to the American League Championship series. Entering with a one run defecit, Breslow struck out all four batters he faced to allow the Red Sox to creep back into the game, eventually winning 3-1.
Breslow's regular season contributions made him a regular part of a strong 2013 Red Sox pitching staff. His 1.81 regular season ERA was the 11th best among all qualified relievers and cemented his role as a late game shut-down force along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara.
Breslow heads into the 2014 season with a year left on his contract, plus a one-year club option.
image: Teddy Werner '98 with Breslow in the Red Sox clubhouse after game 6
Report by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity