All-Star Game at Washington

Monday, April 21, 2014

I Believe In Easter Miracles

I think this game took about five years off my life.

It looked for sure the Red Sox were going to drop a Sunday night contest to the Orioles yesterday, as they fell behind 5-0 by the sixth inning, on a night when Jake Peavy didn't have it and the Sox were doing nothing yet again with runners in scoring position.

Jonny Gomes blasted a three-run shot into the Monster Seats to make it 5-3, and we had a game again.

The Sox added two in the seventh, one driven in my a David Ortiz single and an error at third on a grounder hit by Mike Napoli. But with the bases loaded and one out, they reverted to their old ways and left the runners stranded, and the game remained tied going into the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, Dustin Pedroia hit a ball off the top of the Monster that some fans touched leaning down, and after replay he had a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch and Papi was walked intentionally, Napoli was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter Mike Carp lined a shot to left that David Lough caught. He unwisely fired the ball way wide of home plate, as Pedroia went back to tag, but hesitated when the throw came in. He raced home as the Orioles scrambled to get the ball, and the Sox had an amazing come-from-behind win, 6-5.

This win reminded me of the never-say-die attitude of the 2013 championship team, something that seemed to be missing from this team so far. The Sox are now 9-10, and can get to back to .500 with a Patriots Day win to conclude the four-game series with the Orioles this morning.

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