Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Manny's Moonshot Whacks Tribe

Last night's Red Sox game had all the makings of a sure loss. The Jon Lester Walk Parade was on full view, and Jake Westbrook of the Indians seemed to have the Sox shut down. They scored in the first but lost a golden opportunity when Jason Varitek grounded back to the mound with the bases loaded.

It was a 4-1 game when Lester was lifted in the fifth after walking four. And Julian Tavarez came into a bases loaded, one out situation and shut the Indians down without any further scoring. He also held them scoreless in the sixth and seventh as well.

The Red Sox got the comeback going with a run in the seventh and a Kevin Youkilis homer in the eighth. Mike Timlin pitched a scoreless eighth, and the Indians brought in Joe Borowski, who's every appearance is a sheer adventure.

And it sure as hell was one on Monday night. Borowski gave up a leadoff double to Julio Lugo, who came around to score on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly. David Ortiz got his second hit of the night (hopefully the sign of good things to come), and Manny Ramirez hit a pitch right down the middle into the left field stands for his 493rd career home run to make it 6-4. Thanks, Joe.

Jonathan Papelbon was devastating again, as he struck out two of the three hitters he faced to seal a great win. The Red Sox are now 8-6.

This night brought back pleasant memories of 2007. A great comeback win to build on.


MattySox said...

Some pics I took last night in Cleve-town are up on my blog...

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks, Matty....I'll check them out. You picked a helluva night to see the Sox in Cleveland!