Friday, August 2, 2013

It's wins like this that make you think something special is brewing

A week ago the Red Sox fell out of first place (behind Tampa) in the AL East for the first time in two months.  Then on Monday they had the division lead taken away from them again when the Rays were handed a victory via a blown call at home plate.  It was the kind of loss that makes you wonder if the fates of each team are about to head in opposite directions.  I was worried.  Very worried.

But now three games later the Sox have responded in incredible fashion.  A fifteen-inning triumph on Wednesday set the stage for the biggest win of the season yesterday.  Back on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend Boston scored 4 runs in the ninth (ending with a two-out two-run double by Jacoby Ellsbury) to come from behind and beat Cleveland 6-5.  That game was amazing; but last night's was better.  Daniel Nava led off the 9th inning with a walk, then ended the night with a 400+ foot single to the triangle as the Red Sox scored 6 times in the frame to turn a 7-2 deficit into an 8-7 walk-off win.  And it was all made possible because the Mariners manager mistakenly pointed to the bullpen with the wrong hand.

With the score 7-3 and two relievers warming up, Robbie Thompson wanted to bring in right-hander Yoervis Medina, but he signaled with his left arm instead of his right.  He quickly fixed his error and motioned with the other hand, but the umpires ruled he'd already made a decision, and Seattle was forced to bring in lefty Oliver Perez.  Perez promptly gave up back to back singles (to Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia, both batting right handed) to keep the rally going.

It's wins like this that make you think something special is brewing.  

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