For the first time all year, it seemed like all Red Sox at bats meshed together. Everyone seemed to work for the bat behind them, something they had been searching for all season. It was nice to see the Red Hose put up runs and still generate runs with the game seemingly in hand. Again, something that they seemed to have lacked all season long.
With potential all-star John Lackey on the bump for the Sox, it was a good time for the boys in Boston to get the sticks going. Lackey labored through his first 3+ innings pitched, giving up a two-run homerun to Carlos Santana. He would give up one more run. But like a true veteran pitcher, he didn't give up. He battled through each inning, giving his offense a chance to stay in the game, at one point retiring 8 in a row. A younger pitcher may have folded at that point but Lackey gave his team every opportunity to break out. And they did in a not so typical big way.
A.J. Pierzynski smacked a two-run double to center field to get the offense rolling for the Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr. even entering the fray, hitting a sharp liner to center field for a one-run triple. Mike Napoli, who has been hitting well since coming off the disabled list, hit the ball hard two time's to the opposite field, going 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Brock Holt, who has been the silent Sox MVP to this point, played a very good left field and again getting another base hit. Red Sox future captain Dustin Pedroia had a huge night offensively and defensively driving in 2 runs on a double to deep center field, also playing a very stout second base, diving to catch a line drive and another dive in short right field to throw out a runner at first. The evening was capped off with this solo bomb by the X-Man, Xander Bogaerts:
While it doesn't seem like too much, this was a big night for the Red Sox, as they were able to flex their offensive muscle, something they have not done seemingly all season long. They were able to have some fun. It was nice to see them all smile for a change. Everyone pitched in, big ways and small way, generating 10 runs. I'm not saying they are out of the woods yet, but this could go a long way in letting them know that they are capable of doing this on a consistent basis. This team isn't too different from the World Series winning team in 2013, except the fact that they miss Jacoby Ellsbury more then they anticipated. But they can put up the runs, they can pitch and play defense. They just haven't shown that they are capable of doing so consistently all season. They are going to need to ramp that up as there are now a little less then 100 games to go. The AL East is still within reach as is a Wild Card birth. Now is the time to start playing your best baseball.
The Red Sox look to go for the sweep of the Indians today at 4 ET. Jake Peavy takes the rubber in search for his first win since April 25.