Last night, the Red Sox did something spectacular.. They won! Seriously though, it was great. Not just because it was a win during a terrible run when they lost 11 of their last 13 games and had the same number of wins in September as the Patriots (one), not just because it was a win over the rival Yankees, but because this win helps in spoiling the Yankees run for the playoffs. It was thoroughly enjoyable. With a terrible record and season in general, there’s nothing left for the Red Sox to do but play the spoiler role. Luckily, most of our remaining games are against teams at the top of the American League East, so we have plenty of chances to mess up other teams’ standings.
The win wasn’t the only good thing about this game, though. There were some great performances by the Red Sox too. One was Jon Lester, who finally had a pretty good outing. After struggling in at the start with a career-high number of walks (and some bad calls by the umpire), manager Bobby Valentine finally did something productive and got Lester refocused and back on track. He then retired the next three batters in the third and fourth innings and struck out the side in the fifth, giving him 1,045 career strikeouts, the most by a Red Sox lefty. Bruce Hurst had the old mark of 1,044. After Lester came out, they got outstanding work from their bullpen, which allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Pedro Ciriaco had a huge game too. He had some great defensive plays, like grabbing a ground ball with his throwing hand before it went foul and getting it to first in time for an out. He also did well offensively, going 2 for 3 at the plate. Another note is that he has a perfect stolen bases record having stolen 11 bases on 11 attempts.
Dustin Pedroia had a great game too, going 3 for 4 at the plate. He had an RBI single in the third inning and a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. It was his 15th of the year.
Then there’s Jacoby Ellsbury, who we’ve all been waiting for some real production from. On his 29th birthday, he went a whopping 4 for 5 at the plate, including an RBI single in the third. Then at the bottom of the ninth inning, with one out, he capped an outstanding performance with a sharp single to right. It brought Ciriaco from second base to the plate to score, giving the Red Sox just their third walk-off hit of 2012, and first since July 19.
Lastly, Andrew Bailey (1-0) got the win after allowing one hit in one inning. “Today was probably some of the most fun we’ve had in a while,” he said.
The friggin MLB removed all the recap videos that people had posted, so here’s all the highlights I could find that were still up…
Here’s a video highlighting some of the bullpen work by Junichi Tazawa:
Here’s a video of the walk-off home run from behind the plate:
Here’s a video of the walk-off home run from someone filming their TV:
Thanks for reading,