Sunday, April 20, 2008
RED SOX PULL OUT ANOTHER ONE
The Red Sox have specialized in nontraditional wins this season. Just a few oddities from today's 6-5 victory over Texas:
The Red Sox used 3 different left-fielders, including Julio Lugo in the 9th
Five of the 6 runs scored by the Sox came with 2 outs
The Red Sox left 14 men on base
Every lefthanded hitter that Texas lefty CJ Wilson faced reached base
David Ortiz had an RBI infield single, with Jed Lowrie scoring from 2nd on the play
Wakefield allowed 5 runs in 8 innings, but didn't walk anybody, and only threw 86 pitches
Papelbon got the Save, but didn't record any strikeouts for only the second time this season. His other strikeout free outing was last night's save.
Manny Ramirez got ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the 2nd. Manny rarely shows emotion on the field, especially at the plate
But a win is a win is a win, and the Sox now have 13 of them. But the Rangers aren't a good team. Good teams find ways to win games they probably shouldn't win, like the Sox did today. Bad teams find ways to lose games they should win, like the Rangers did today.
The Red Sox look for the 4 game sweep tomorrow morning in the annual Patriots Day Game. Clay Buchholz goes against former Sox prospect Kason Gabbard. On ESPN.com, Gabbard's picture has him wearing a Red Sox hat, and Buchholz still doesn't have a picture. It's kind of funny when the two images are placed next to each other as tomorrow's starters.
AP Photo/Winslow Townson