Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sox get back on track with 9-2 drubbing of O's

Ah, just what the doctor ordered after a tough road trip- a date at Fenway Park with the hapless Baltimore Orioles, whom the hometown team had beaten 14 out of 15 times.
This night was no different, as the Sox exploded for 7 runs in the third, highlighted by RBI singles from Man-Ram, Lowell, WMP and Javy (In Your Face, Angelos) Lopez, and a two-run triple by Alex Gonzalez. That turned out to be plenty of runs for the invigorated David Wells, who easily threw his best game in a LONG time with a line of 7IP, 9H, 1R, 1BB, 4Ks.
Manny got things started right in the first when he singled off Miguel Tejada's glove to score Coco and extend his hitting streak to 26 games, the longest streak in the league currently and second only to PHI Chase Utley's 35 gamer for the longest in MLB this season. Although they blew a chance to break the game open right there when WMP struck out with the bases loaded, the more than made up for it with the 3rd inning explosion; the 7 runs scored in the inning wrere the most in one inning this year by the Sox (I know, hard to believe, especially when the Rays hung a 10-spot a few weeks ago).
The game was marred by a scary incident in the first when O's hurler Adam Loewen hit Lowell with a fastball to the noggin, sending him to the dirt and causing the raucous crowd to go eerily silent. Not only would the tough third baseman remain in the game, he would go on to make a terrific catch diving into the stands to snare a foul pop and also knoced in a run in that huge 3rd inning. Glad they didn't get rid of him at the deadline, although Peavey would've been nice to snag while he's having a down year.
All in all a good rebound game for the Beantowners; the Stanks got throttled by the Angels at the Stadium, so Boston now trails by 2 games, and the 5 game series with the Stanks is looming larger & larger in terms of deciding wheather they will be vying for a wild card berth (again) or that coveted Division crown.

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