Monday, April 27, 2009
A 0-0 pitcher's duel went nuts in the 9th inning as a pair of closers decided that there had to be offense. The Sox are now in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays atop the AL East (the Sox lead by percentage points).
Is there anyone in baseball seeing the ball better than Jason Bay? He went 3 for 4 with the game winning 3 run homer in the 9th. He hit the ball hard all 4 times at the plate. He's hitting .344, with a .506 OBP and .705 SLG. He's already walked 20 times! And he's yet to assault a team employee or slap a teammate in public!
But what's wrong with Papelbon? 3 hits allowed in the 9th, as he turned an easy 3 run save into a nail-biter. He's throwing a lot of fastballs, and I'm starting to worry that he might be hurt.
The Man of the Game goes to Cliff Lee. Yeah, I know, Bay won the game and Wakefield was superb. But Lee was the most outstanding player on the field Monday night. 8 innings, scattered 5 hits, 0 walks.
Brad Penny faces Anthony Reyes Tuesday night. It will be Penny's first career start against the Tribe.
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