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The Cuban Missile Crisis

May 22 vs. LA Dodgers


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Alexei Ramirez, by himself, crushed any barrels and extinguished oncoming fireballs to control the game for the Sox.

Short Take:   The Cuban Missile became a crisis for the opposition by driving in 5 runs to lead the Sox over the Dodgers on Sunday.

This was a critical homestand for the Sox. The Sox are trying to climb their way back to .500 and needed to do well at home after an amazingly horrible 1-10 in 11 home games between 4/11 and 5/17. However, since their loss at home last Monday, the Sox have gone 5-1 to complete a 5-2 homestand after taking this weekend's series from the Dodgers. After blowing the game Friday night, the offense stepped up to the plate, pun intended, and really carried the team Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's hero was "The Cuban Missile" Alexei Ramirez who went 4-for-5 to lead the Sox over the Dodgers 8-3. His 5 RBI's were a career-high and he was just a triple short of the cycle.

In the bottom of the first, Juan Pierre singled to start the game. The next batter, Ramirez, launched a Hiroki Kuroda pitch into the left field stands to quickly make it 2-0. The score would become 3-0 after AJ Pierzynski followed with a homer of his own three batters later.

In the bottom of the third, Alexei would again deliver with a double to score Gordon Beckham, who had singled, to make it 4-0. Yes, you read that right, Beckham actually got a hit and scored on the Ramirez double. That put the Sox up for good.

We tacked on a couple of more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gordon Beckham would reach on a throwing error by LA shortstop Rafael Furcal. Hey, we don't care how he got on, we'll take it from Beckham any way we can get it. Juan Pierre would then double, followed by an Alexei Ramirez single, to make it 5-0. A Paulie sac fly would put us up 6-0.

LA scored a run in the top of the fifth when Dodgers first baseman James Loney doubled and later scored on a Jay Gibbons groundout.

The Dodgers would threaten in the top of the seventh. With Chris Sale relieving Sox starter Edwin Jackson, a Jay Gibbons double, a single by some guy named Jerry Sands, and a Russ Mitchell walk would load the bases for LA. Jesse Crain was then summoned to relieve a sucking Sale. Crain would give up only a run-scoring walk and a fielder's choice to Tony Gwynn Jr. to minimize the damage as the Dodgers scored twice to make it 6-3.

The Sox would add some insurance in the bottom of the eighth. Gordon Beckham led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Again, we don't care how Beckham gets on base, we're just happy to see him reaching base. Stud of the day, Alexei Ramirez, would once again plate Beckham with a double to make it 7-3. .189 hitting Adam Dunn followed with a single to score Alexei to make it 8-3.

I almost fell off my couch as struggling Sox reliever Matt Thornton pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a double in the ninth to save the game for Edwin Jackson. Jackson pitched well going 5 2/3 innings yielding a run on five hits and seven strikeouts to get the win. With the win Jackson is now 4-5 on the season.

The Sox, again, go on a long 10-game road trip. They travel to Texas tomorrow, May 23rd, to face the Rangers. John Danks (0-6, 4.32 ERA) will oppose Alexi Ogando (4-0, 2.13 ERA). Game time is at 7:05 and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

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 "Alexei, deez kid play better now that I threaten to call Fidel Castro and have him deported."


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