Well, the Sox managed a win last night to pull even with the Orioles again for the division lead. Ramirez finally hit a home run, his first since May 10. It was a 3 run homer and the difference in the game. The Sox managed 13 hits and scored all their runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings with 5 in the 3rd. Wright pitched another gem, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. The runs came late in the game so mostly it was watching him get the Orioles out batter after batter. I was afraid the Orioles were going to come all the way back in the 8th when Tazawa gave up a double, allowing an inherited runner to score and a single scoring the second runner, all in the process of getting two outs. For a minute there I really thought he was going to blow an excellent game pitched by Wright. The final was 6-4.
The commentator last night said that the Sox had the number 7 bullpen in the AL and that they have been doing a good job. I see their job as coming in and getting outs since they only have to pitch 1 inning most of the time. I have seen them come out of the pen and give up too many runs to say they have been doing a good job. I can’t see how their ERA is 7th in the league either, but I guess that means they are about average. That may be so, but I look for us to have an excellent pen that does not blow many games. I have seen our pen blow too many, but not as many as last year. I guess I should be glad of that. I guess they are about average, when last season they were truly horrible and near the bottom of the league.
It’s now a 3 team race for the division with Toronto only 2 games back. Actually, any team could come out on top by season’s end, as New York is now in last only 6.5 games back. That is within striking distance and a hot run by them could see them move up as Toronto has done. It should be interesting from here on out. We are not too far from the all-star break and what happens after that will determine the final outcome for the season. Let’s hope the Sox can play well enough to hang on for the crown.
Well, E-Rod (Rodriquez) is back on the mound tonight vs. the Orioles. Tonight’s outcome will determine the division leader for now. Let’s hope E-Rod can get it together and pitch better than he has in the past 2 games. I’m afraid if he comes out throwing like he has since his first start, the Orioles will hammer him and it may be a short outing for him and a tough one for us to win. Maybe he will have an outing like his first and keep the Orioles down. We can only hope.
The Sox are now 10 games over .500 again. They can’t seem to reach the magical 12 over they have twice so far, but not for a while. They are only 5-5 in their last 10 and basically staying where they are. They have been hovering between 9 and 12 games over for some time now. It has been good enough, but I would like to see them do better. They have lost some tough (and close) ones. Maybe it’s time for the pendulum to swing the other way and they begin to win some of those games. A strong run right now would be great and a definite advantage in the division race. We will see what we will see.
They play the Mariners next in what should be some good baseball. They will have a job winning the series but it would be great if they can do so. First, let’s win tonight and so win the series against the Orioles. Let’s get hot and move forward from here. Go Sox!