The Sox won a good one yesterday! They had what was probably their best offensive performance of the year, although it took a while to develop. Pomeranz also pitched a great game, giving up only one run on 4 hits in 6+ innings. He probably shouldn’t have been put back out there in the 7th as he was out of gas and had reached his pitch count. Not to mention the fact that the Sox had another lefty (to face the left handed hitter) warmed up in the pen. As we might have expected, he gave up a single and then was taken out. The man then came around to score the only Oriole run that ruined Pomeranz’ near perfect game. Still the Sox exploded in the 7th and 8th after some Orioles errors and miscues for 3 runs in each inning to win the game by a final of 8-1.
It’s hard to say who had the best game offensively, but it is important to note that it was the first game with a near full strength offense for about a week or so. Jackie Bradly is now on the 10 day DL, but Ramirez, Bogaerts and Betts were all back in the line up, which hasn’t been the case for a while. It was good to see the offense at near full strength again and the result seemed to attest that fact.
Pedroia perhaps had the best game, going 2-4 with 4 RBIs and two great plays at second base. Since he was the lead off hitter, this also meant that the bottom of the order did a great job getting on base ahead of him. In fact, Vazquez went 4-4 with 2 runs scored and Young went 2-4 and scored 3 runs. Sandoval also went 1-2 and scored a run from the number 7 spot. Benintendi also went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Betts went 2-5 from the 2nd and 3rd spots. All in all, the offense managed 15 hits and left 21 on base to go with their 8 runs. Not too shabby.
Actually, it was a real close game and a pitchers duel until the 7th at 2-1. The Orioles then fell apart with two errors and a missed popup to shallow center field. It was good to see the Sox then take advantage and score the 3 runs that put them ahead 5-1. They then scored 3 runs, all earned in the 8th to round out the scoring. The offense did what we have been looking for all season at the end of the game and won this game decisively. It was good to see them finally break out and have a great game.
Maybe the return of the missing 3 from the lineup provided the motivation to play well. Perhaps, they provided the needed leadership to get the job done, although it seems that Pedroia actually led them to the victory with his 4 RBIs and great play in the field. That is as it should be, as he is one of the senior members on the team and has been with the Sox longer than any other player.
The Sox continue to get the pitching they need to win. Their record is now 4-3 with the pitching being what has kept them in it so far. Pomeranz did better in this one than I thought he was capable and it was good to see. Wright takes the mound tonight in what should be another solid pitching performance and perhaps another good win. We shall see what we shall see, but things seem to look pretty good for the Sox to make a significant run at the title this year. Especially if the pitching holds up!
All things can only get better from here as we are waiting for David Price to return and now Jackie Bradly as well. If we ever get up to full strength we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with this season. The next couple of weeks will see the early leaders in the division emerge as a lot of inter-division games are going to be played. Let’s hope we emerge on top. Anyway, Go Sox!