Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yurt? What yurt?

The Tampa Bay Rays home field advantage that has gripped the Sox over the past two seasons would not prevail as the Sox finally won a game in the giant yurt called Tropicana Field. (Is it still a 'field' if it's indoors?) Lester struck out 9 Rays in 6 innings and only allowed 2 runs. Wagner came in the 7th and got the side out in order, fanning two. Oki not so doki tonight, he faced 5 batters and they all got on, two of them scoring, closing the gap to 8-4. Enter Papelbon in a bases loaded, nobody out 8th inning. As he as done most of this season, he managed to get the next three batters out, stranding the three Rays Oki left out there. Pap came back to finish the 9th inning, earning his 33rd save.

The Sox knocked Sonnanstine out in the 5th inning before they even made an out, as the Sox built a 5-2 lead. Drew, Bay, and Youk all had home runs tonight. Four Sox had multi-hit games. They remain 6.5 GB the Yankees, but are 3.5 games ahead of Texas, and 6 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the wild card race.

Sox Win 8-4 BOX SCORE


Shelley September 2, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

Last night's game should remind Red Sox Nation why they should be less flippant about wanting to see Jonathan Papelbon traded in the off season. Not many people could do that. Billy Wagner remarked in the post game interview...that it was great to watch and that he couldn't do that. In outings like that, it shows why he is an ELITE closer and why Boston should hold onto him as long as they possibly can.

Oh..and I imagine Jacoby Ellsbury is going to see a good deal of himself on Sportscenter today. That kid. Gold Glove. That's all I am saying. GOLD GLOVE.

Heretic,  September 2, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

I can't believe anyone is seriously suggesting that Papelbon be traded. Are there actually Red Sox fans that dumb? Wait, forget I asked that, I'll just turn on WEEI for a while...

Not only is he an elite closer, he's a defining personality on this team. He's done nothing but kick ass on the field and entertain us whenever he's not pitching. So what if he sticks his foot in his mouth occasionally? Pay the man and enjoy your good fortune.


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