The Red Sox had a nice and easy victory in St. Petersburg tonight over the team with the best record in baseball, 6-1.
Disappointing crowd at the Trop tonight, just over 21,000 in the house. And there were many Red Sox fans on hand as well. What does it take to get people to watch a baseball game in Tampa? They have an exciting young team that has the best record in MLB. And they can't fill the building when one of their main rivals are in town? A real disgrace.
Clay Buchholz was terrific after struggling the first two innings. He kept the Rays off the board, and David Ortiz hit a line shot into the right field seats to put the Sox up in the second. They added three in the third, and two more in the fourth on Youk's 10th blast.
Buch went six, and the bullpen was perfect. Hideki Okajima retired all six men he faced, and Daniel Bard got the Rays 1-2-3 in the ninth. Sox pitchers retired the final 14 men they faced.
The Red Sox have now won 6 of 7 since Papelbon's meltdown in the Bronx. So much for that game sending the Red Sox into a tailspin.
The Sox also DFA'd Darnell McDonald after the game to make room for Mike Cameron. I hope he goes back to Pawtucket. But whatever happens, I wish Darnell all the best. He's a baseball lifer and it was a pleasure to meet him last week at the BLOHARDS meeting.