I thought after 6 innings the game was going to end 2-0, with virtually no offense from the Sox. Then came the 7th, with Jackie Bradley’s big smash off the green monster and the score was tied 2-2. Then came Big Poppy’s 2 run smash over the monster in the 8th that gave us the 4-2 win. Poppy does it again! The game was pretty uneventful up to that point with the Sox only managing 3 hits. They could not hit Tanaka until the 7th when he seemed to tire or lose his stuff somewhat. Then, three hits later, we had a ball game and Poppy got his homer off one of the best set up men (Betances) in the game. It turned out to be a good game after all. Way to go Sox.
Henry Owen did not pitch too badly for him He was effectively wild against the Yanks and had thrown as many balls as strikes through most of his outing. He ended up going 6 innings with 6 hits, 3 walks and of course the 2 runs. If he can continue to improve and learn to throw more strikes, he might not be a bad major league pitcher in the future. The Yankee’s offense did look totally anemic to me, however. They sure don’t have the fire power they usually do.
So, the Sox get another win and move to 13-10 overall. The game announcer last might was saying that the Yankees had lost their best chance to win last night, as the pitching will not be up to the caliber of Tanaka for them in the next two games and the Sox will be rolling out their best two pitchers, perhaps, in Porcello and Price. Maybe the Sox can even sweep the series, if all goes as well as it should!
Let’s not count our chickens before they hatch, but 15-10 sounds pretty good to me. The Sox have now won 5 of their last 6 games and if this trend can continue, and why shouldn’t it, the season may turn into a good one after all. There will still be ups and downs, of course, but if the team can pull away from the .500 mark in winning percentage now, it will go a long way toward keeping their record good for the rest of the way.
We shall see what we shall see. It’s Porcello on the mound tonight. If he pitches like he has so far this season, we should be in line for another win. Anything can happen, of course. That’s what makes baseball what it is, but we seem to be on a positive footing for now. Let’s keep it going.
The news is that Rodriguez, the ailing starter for the Sox, may be back by next Sunday and Smith, their ailing reliever, not long after. If everyone one else stays healthy, we should be in good shape from a pitching stand point. We will see what the future holds. If all the position players stay healthy, too, we should be able to give this thing a go. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Go Sox!