The Sox kept coming back last night agains the D-Rays. Of course, Mike Timlin gave up two runs in the top of the 8th to tie the game (and, better for him, the runs were charged to Matt Clement), but Youkilis and Papi came through in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4.
On came Jonathan Papelbon. So far he was 6 for 6 in save chances, but each one has been getting to be more of an adventure. This night was no different. He struck out two, but it took a while and he sandwiched a walk between them. Then we had a hit and another walk, and suddenly our save situation has become a real problem.
We've got bases loaded, two outs, a three run lead, and a full count on the batter. He hits a soft fly to shallow center. Adam Stern decided to try to catch it, which was a real risk. If it gets by him, it's a tie game. Instead he makes a great, diving catch right off of his shoetops to end the game.
Now Papelbon is 7 for 7 and still hasn't given up an earned run. That's not going to last, though. Still, we're now 10-4. Even better, Randy Johnson got clobbered (7 runs in five innings) and the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays. Welcome to last place, NY. The lead is only 3 1/2 games, but I'll take it.
It's only April, but life is good. 🙂