Sunday, April 20, 2008

More Late Inning Magic

The Red Sox did it again on Sunday, as they fell behind 5-0 against the Texas Rangers and Kevin Millwood, and it didn't look good. They were leaving runners everywhere, 11 in the first 7 innings. Manny Ramirez was tossed out of the game in the second inning after disputing a third strike call. (Does it seem Manny is arguing with home plate umps more this season?) Tim Wakefield gave up single runs in the first and second innings, but then gave up a three-run shot to Milton Bradley in the fifth.

But as they have many times this season, they scored runs late, and in Sunday's game, it was the comeback of the season so far. The Sox scored two in the seventh and with two outs and nobody on, staged a dramatic rally against Texas closer C. J. Wilson. Jed Lowrie doubled in a run, David Ortiz had a rare infield single RBI, and pinch hitter Dustin Pedroia doubled in Papi to tie it. With the bases loaded, Sean Casey drew a walk to put the Sox in front to stay, 6-5.

Jonathan Papelbon got Texas 1-2-3 for the save, and Wakefield got the win. The Sox have the best offensive numbers in baseball from the seventh inning on, and it seems like they are never out of a game. The Red Sox have taken the first three games of the series, and four straight, and are now 13-7. They end the series with the traditional Patriots Day game that begins at 11:05 AM on Monday, as the Boston Marathon gets under way.

1 comment:

Michael Leggett said...

Whilst Standing @ Seat 22 in Row 12 in Grandstand 3, Yesterday, when I started sending a Fenway Live 8th Inning Blog, via my Phone, the Atmosphere was as if an English Football Match:

Unlike Mets Fans, who make Bee Lines to The 7 Train in the 8th Inning, EVERYONE There stayed & NO ONE left until the Last OUT, which is Grand;

& the partying in Game On, was just great. Harpoon is served there.

I'll be at my NEXT Game on May 17th, @ 3:55PM-ET, when The Brewers & ERIC GAGNE' show up for the Slaughter;

The Pen Got a Rest, with Wakefield's 8 Innings, while I yelled "Pap, don't do it like this was in Da Bronx".