I had a busy night with Trivia on Tuesday at The Mad Hatter, but I was able to get the Red Sox-Indians game on one of the TVs in the bar across from where I was hosting.
It was clearly a very emotional night in Cleveland. The Red Sox were going up against their former manager Terry Francona for the first time since he left, but that of course, took a back seat to the terrible events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The team hung a special jersey in the dugout: "Boston 617 Strong." (617 is the Boston area code.) Both teams wore a black arm band in memory of the victims.
And the Sox gave the fans back home a treat, scoring seven runs in the second inning, and that was all they needed for a 7-2 win. Felix Doubront went 5 innings, allowing two earned runs. The Sox starters continue their streak, now at 13, of games where the starters have gone at least 5 innings and allowing 3 runs or less.
Clayton Mortensen and Alex Wilson pitched four innings of shut down relief, allowing no runs.
It was also an "historic" game as well. It was the first time since 1900 that a nine-inning game has 25 or more strikeouts and 15 or more walks. The Sox struck out 16 times, and drew 9 walks. And still managed to win.
They are now 9-4. These boys continue to impress, and even under some very trying circumstances.