The Sox bounced back and played a good game for the win on Sunday afternoon. Leon went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s, Pedroia went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s, Ramirez went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and Ortiz and Bradley each had an RBI to round out the scoring. The Sox played a good game all around and were not plagued by the problems of the previous game. They had a total of 16 hits. Despite the large run total they still left 9 men on base, but took advantage of over half their scoring chances which is pretty good for them. There were no home runs hit by the Sox, but they managed to drive in plenty playing small ball. The final was 10-5.
It was good to see the bats going again, but I felt bad for the starting pitcher, O’Sullivan who pitched a great game until the 6th when he was taken out with a low pitch count after giving up a couple of singles. Barnes then proceeded to let both of his inherited runners to score as well as giving up a run of his own before getting out of the 6th. The Angels would score 2 more in the 7th before the Sox put 3 more on the board, also in the 7th and put an end to their come back bid. It looked for a time as if the bullpen was going to blow another one, but Uehara and Layne both pitched scoreless innings to end the game.
It is safe to say that we never know what we are going to get out of out bullpen. They could have easily blown a 7-0 lead if the offense hadn’t added 3 more in the bottom of the 7th. After their unbelievably bad performance in Game 2 of the series, I guess we should be satisfied that they almost, but not quite blew a 7 run lead yesterday. Let’s hope they will get over their shellacking in Saturday’s game and get back to pitching average which they have done all season. Sometimes adequate (they get the job done) and sometimes inadequate (they don’t get the job done), they are really quite average overall.
Unfortunately, the starting pitching has been below average for most of the season. It was good to see O’Sullivan pitch well last night since we haven’t seen much of that lately and we need any help he can give us. Porcello is on the mound tomorrow against the Rangers and he has really been the best starting pitcher lately, so he should give us a good chance of winning. He will be going for his 10th win, which is near the top in wins in the AL.
Actually, we may be in pretty good shape for the next 3 against Texas, as out best 3 pitchers will be on the mound. Price and Wright will both have the chance to redeem themselves after their poor starts in Arlington against the Rangers. I am sure they will want to do so in front of the home crowd and not having to deal with the heat and humidity of Texas. Wright especially had trouble gripping the ball in the dampness and Price just has a hard time every outing against the Rangers. Let’s hope Price can do better at Fenway, but Wright should be fine.
Well, let’s just keep plodding along. We are 2-1 so far in July, so things may yet look up for the month. We won the series against the Angels and are doing fine going into our series with the Rangers. Let’s just keep moving forward one game at a time. We are now only 3 games behind the Orioles as they lost, but just .5 a game ahead of the Blue Jays as they won also. Anyway, Go Sox!