Yesterday I didn't see a single second of the game live because I was out on a friend's boat (NBD) but watched a lot of the game when I got home on MLB TV. 9th inning is where things really got good but a few early highlights I want to discuss.
So in the top of the 9th the Sox were down 3-0. After the Sox didn't pinch hit for Hanigan and Holt who both struck out. Cannot stand Hanigan, he sucks, he has had a few decent games but I'd much rather have Vasquez be playing over him. That or ride the hot hand of Sandy Leon. He's been a cult hero this season.
After back to back K's the Sox had two men on with two outs and Mookie Betts at the plate. He hit a single to made the game 3-1. Next up was Pedroia, then this happened.
Shades of Donnie Moore from Houston Street. Man I swear the Red Sox own the Angels. Felt like we beat them in the playoffs every year when I was younger. So many huge home runs, Papi, Manny, now this two out blast from Pedey that gave the Sox the lead. Next batter Xander went yard too to give the Sox and insurance run, which with this bullpen lately is HUGE.
Sox were able to salvage a split with a team they should've won the series against, but that's baseball. After a 9-1 stretch the Sox have been playing below .500 baseball. 3-7 in their last 10 which sucks, but could be a lot worse. Baltimore and Toronto aren't that far ahead of us in the standings and with two full months to play I still love this teams chances to win the AL East. Obviously you don't want bad 10 game stretches like this but the O's and Blue Jays haven't been playing that much better lately and the division is WIDE open.
I'd do a better blog but again I didn't even see this game live. Just so fucking fired up Pedey hit that homer. He's quietly having a fantastic year but has been getting overshadowed by Papi, Mookie, Xander and even JBJ. Pedey should've been all star, and I get it we already had 6 guys, but Pedey really deserved it. Had a nice double play to end the game as well.
As of right now the Sox are still in one of the top wild card spot and only a game and half behind Baltimore in the AL East. Trade deadline is today and while I don't expect the Sox to make a big splash, we do have a lot of injured guys that should be returning soon. I hate to get my hopes because I still think we're fake good. Plus they've made a very bad habit of giving games away with terrible pitching. I can think of at least 5 games off the top of my head that the Sox straight up gave away. It very well could come back to bite them in the ass and keep them out of the playoffs, but as of now we have a great shot.
The American League is wide open, we've seen it many times that a team just has to get hot. In the playoffs you are only using 3 starters, and I know Price has struggled, and despite solid years from Porcello and Wright you aren't sure if you can count on them in October, the rotation could be worse. I don't expect to make the World Series but I'd say we have to 2nd best chance in the AL right now.
Today the Sox start a 4 game series with the Mariners who just lost a heartbreaker to the Cubs last night in maybe the best game of the season to this point. Capped off with a walk off Jon Lester bunt. You cannot write this kind of stuff. Plus Sox don't have to face Felix Hernandez because he pitched yesterday so they get to avoid the Mariners ace. Gotta get 3-4 here.