Thursday, August 08, 2013

70 and Climbing

It was one wacky series in Houston.

Stephen Drew saved the Red Sox' bacon on Wednesday night by blasting a three-run shot in the ninth inning, as the Sox came from behind to win, 7-5. They have now won 6 of their last 7 games when trailing.

These boys just don't quit.

It was a night the Red Sox were leaving runners everywhere. They left 12 men on base in 7 innings. I kept saying over and over to myself: "They're not going to lose a series to the lowly Astros, are they?"


BTW, has anyone else noticed that Drew has been on fire since the Jake Peavy trade? He's 13-for-28, with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs since Jose Iglesias went to Detroit. (He is currently 4-for-21, with 1 HR and 3 RBI since joining the Tigers.)

Koji Uehara struck out the side to end it. The win gives the Sox 70 wins, one more than all of 2012. What, you don't remember the 2012 season? Don't worry, I don't either.

Tampa Bay lost in Arizona to increase the Red Sox lead to 2 1/2 games. The Orioles won and stay 6 back. And the plummeting Yankees continue to free fall, as the so-called Greatest Closer of All-Time blew the save against the lowly White Sox in the ninth, and they gave up a 5-4 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 12th. Alejandro DeAza tripled in two to give the White Sox a sweep of New York. It puts them 11 1/2 back of the Sox, and 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card race.

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