The Sox got good pitching for the second game in a row, yesterday. In fact, Price pitched an outstanding game, going 8 innings, giving up 8 hits, but only 1 run. The run was on a fluke home run by the Pesky pole in the 4th. He still didn’t get much run support, but Betts hit a homer in the 7th and they scored another run on a ground ball out in the 6th. Their offensive woes continued as they were 0-11 with runners in scoring position. They had plenty of chances to score but didn’t come through again. Kimbrel closed it out in the 9th and the Sox got a 2-1 win.
It was good to see Price pitch so well. He had to do better than he had been doing to get the win, though he pitched what should have been good enough to win in his last 3 starts previously, but he got the loss in each of those 3. He out did himself this time around and got the win. He has never lost 4 in a row and thankfully he didn’t lose his 4th in a row here. It took a monumental effort on his part to win, though. Let’s hope the offense can do better in the future.
So, the Sox have won 2 in a row and are now 2 games ahead of Toronto in second place. They are currently 1 game behind the Orioles. It is shaping up to be a 3 team race, but Toronto has yet to taste first place. By the end of the week, they might. They lost 2 straight to the Orioles to drop 3 games behind them now. Maybe they will cool a little now, as they have been hot and not make an immediate run into 1st place. We will see what we will see.
The Sox take on the White Sox at Fenway for the next 4 games. The White Sox have not been doing too well lately, so we should win some games against them. However, we haven’t been doing so hot ourselves so we shall see. If we can win the series with 3 out of 4 or even a sweep, it would be great. We may move back into 1st in the division yet, if we can do well against them. I guess the Orioles proved they deserve to be in 1st place in the division by beating the Blue Jays and us both in 3 game series recently. Maybe we can knock them out of there before too long.
Wright is taking the mound for us tonight, so we stand a good chance of winning if we can get the bats going some. The rest of the series, I don’t know. We don’t really know what we are going to get out of the rest of the starting pitchers. Buchholz is back in the rotation and should pitch during the series. Let’s hope his stint in the bullpen has sharpened him up and we can get a quality start out of him. E-Rod, if he stops tipping his pitches, may be effective. We might do pretty well against the White Sox. Let’s see if they can keep the momentum going in the pitching.
The bullpen may be alright. They have done well the past 2 games, but we never know when they are going to blow up and give up some runs. I guess that is normal for the average bullpen that we have. Kimbrel is well above average, so if we can get the game to the 9th with the lead, we should win a lot of games. That’s the big question: can the pen and the rest of the pitching staff get it to the 9th? If the pen shapes up and pitches as well as they are able, we should be fine. We will see.
Well, we need to keep grinding away. We have now played 68 games and the All-Star break is fast approaching. If we can win most games from here on out, we should be in good shape for the playoffs come October. We still have a long way to go, so they need to pace themselves and try to win each time out. This team is capable, but will it come through? We do not know since we can’t see the future, but hopefully they will play up to their potential and we will make the post season. All we can do now is keep pulling for them to go all the way. Go Sox!