After dropping 6 straight games the Sox finally got back in the win column last night in front of the home crowd. The win was ugly, but at this point the Red Sox and their fans will take a W in whatever form it comes in.
Most importantly the bats came alive last night as the Sox scored 6 runs on 12 hits as they lite up Tiger's starter Edwin Jackson. The lack of pop in the lineup was all anyone was talking about after being swept at the hands of the Yankees; the Sox responded with 3 home runs last night from Pedroia, Bay, and Nick Green.
It was nice to see Jason Bay still remembered where third base was, I can't remember the last time he was over there. After Green's sac fly gave the Sox a 6-5 lead my roommate remarked, "When is the last time Nick Green had 2 RBI in one game?"
Brad Penny turned in a solid outing, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs all while suffering from acid reflux, I feel his pain. Penny had been struggling lately prompting everyone to question Theo's low risk low reward strategy of signing pitchers on the rebound to 1 year deals. Certainly John Smoltz has imploded but I think Penny can be a valuable member of the rotation coming down the stretch.
The bullpen did their best Heathcliff Slocumb impression again last night as Manny Delcarmen gave up 2 runs, only 1 earned, in .2 innings of relief. Ramon Ramirez cleaned up Delcarmen's mess in the 7th, then put runners on 2nd and third with 1 out in the 8th inning before striking out Adam Everret.
Tito then went to Paplebon got a harmless pop up to end the 8th and then blew away the Tiger's in the 9th.
The road to recovery started last night. Although the bullpen continues to be an issue, we can hang out hats on the lineup waking up, it definitely helps to play 4 games at home where the Sox are 36-17.
In addition, the Yankees and Rays both lost last night, and the Rangers had the day off. The Sox have a half game lead in the wild card over the Rangers who they play this weekend in Texas. It feels weird to be scoreboard watching in early August, hopefully it's an over reaction to the last road trip that will pass as the Sox being to play better.
(This has been a Tim Murphy production, posted by J Murph.)