The Sox held on to win another one. O’Sullivan pitched a good game giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. He was hit around a little and more so than in his first start, but it was still a good start and enough to get the win. Ortiz hit his 21st home run and Hill drove in 2 with Bogaerts, Bradley and Brentz all getting an RBI each. They managed 11 hits and scored just enough to win. Not to say that they hit the cover off the wall, but it goes in the win column and that’s what counts. They have now won 2 in a row and are 5-2 for the month of July. Good efforts, good result. The final was 6-5.
Only two more games till the break and all seems well right now. The Sox are 2 games out of 1st in 3rd place as Baltimore lost again while the Blue Jays won their 7th in a row. The battle for the top of the league continues with no one, at least at this point , dominating. If Toronto continues to win they may pull away from the pack, but let’s hope the Sox can keep pace with them. There is still a long way to go, but the eventual winner may begin to pull away about now. It looks like it may be the Blue Jays, put perhaps the Sox can give them a run to the finish.
Our next game has Porcello on the mound, so we should have a good chance of winning. If we can overcome the injuries of late, we may be all right. Ramirez and Holt are both injured at least until after the break and Kimbrel will be out for 3 to 6 weeks with knee surgery. It looks like the Sox are suffering injuries at the wrong time as now is the time for the push to begin to the finish. We need to be hitting on all cylinders, but will not be with the injuries we are suffering of late.
The Sox have traded for another pitcher out of the pen, but we needed him in addition to Kimbrel and not to take his place. It looks like Ziegler, who was acquired from the Diamond Backs will be taking Kimbrel’s spot as closer. He has closed some in the past (has 81 career saves) and has closed some this season. Let’s hope he can do the job as Uehara would be unreliable in the closer role. It hurts that we will be without one of the best closers in the history of the game, but maybe the new guy can get it done. Let’s hope so.
Now, if we can get a pitcher for the starting rotation and get our players back healthy again, we may be ready to make an attempt at a run for the top. Maybe a few other moves would be good, also, but hopefully not to replace those injured but to improve our overall chances. We may be in the running, we may not, we will have to see how it goes.
For now, let’s just keep winning. A win tonight will give us our 3rd series win in a row and we can only build from there. I was fully convince that we did not have a chance after our poor June play, but we may bounce back yet. It is baseball and who knows what may happen. If we can keep from getting into the losing funk we were in last month we may yet be okay. Last night’s win wasn’t a great one, but it will do. I still say let’s have a great year for Papi’s last. We owe it to him to give it our all. Let’s win for Papi! Go Sox!