8 Run 8th for Red Sox...ANOTHER WIN!!
Tuesday night at Camden Yards in Baltimore, it was a 7-7 tie after 7. And then the whole thing game crashing down on the humbled Birdies, who were playing the wrong team at the wrong time, the team that loves to play Laser Ball. That team is called the Boston Red Sox. The Sox scored 8 runs in that eighth inning and it was game over time. The team arrived at 6am from the marathon game the night before. I'm sure they were tired but those winning Sox reached deep down into their souls and created a magic eighth inning. 8 runs. Game over. Wakefield didn't figure in the final outcome so he still needs two more wins to reach the magic 200 at 41 years of age. Here's Boston manager Terry Francona on the lack of sleep the night before...
"Whatever time you get in, it doesn’t matter. We’re fine. It’s not like we all need that much beauty sleep anyway.’’
And now, Boston's clutch guy, the Muddy Chicken, Pedey Pedroia...
"We didn't have much sleep, but we just came out and we actually swung the bats really good. We're all happy we won, and we get to go to the hotel and get some rest. It's tough because I'm tired. I'm sure everyone else was. We're just all trying to win the game. I mean, that's what we get paid to do. Whatever situation comes up in the game, we've got to respond to it."
And respond they did. Muddy Chicken is what some of Pedey's teammates call him because he's never afraid to get his uniform dirty. He's a high-talent tremendous competitor who Big Papi "wouldn't trade for anyone in the league." High praise.
Boston holds its 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East and coincidently, there are two games left on Papi's suspension (it was reduced from 4) and two left with the lowly Orioles. And then it's Fenway time. Carl Crawford, in his debut, collected two hits and Pedey had three RBIs. All in all, we're going good and we're going to get better. It's getting better all the time, as the Beatles wrote and sang.
Tonight, it'll be K.Weiland (0-0) vs. J. Guthrie (3-13). I hope Weiland has it a little more together than his last start. Click on this post's title for all the highlights and as always, BE WELL. I'll see you.