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A Ray of Hope

May 28 at Tampa Bay


Immunity:
Cora
Exiled:
Guillen

Solid bullpen management tonight by Joey Cora. Can Ozzie attend a graduation every night?

Short Take:   Big-Game Freddy Garcia toys with the Tampa Bay Rays for seven strong innings, while the Sox offense comes alive against David Price. Seriously, this team is the best in baseball?

The Sox entered game two of the important four-game series against Tampa Bay needing a win desperately in hopes of keeping their chances alive for the 2010 campaign. With their #5 starter on the mound and facing 7-1 lefty phenom David Price, their chances didn’t look good. Think again. Now a grizzled veteran, working much more off finesse and experience than raw stuff, Freddy Garcia handled the Rays quite nicely. With Garcia and the Sox relief corps rising to the occasion, the Sox bats took advantage of every David Price mistake, evening the series at one game a piece with a 4-2 victory.

Both Garcia and Price looked sharp early, and both escaped 1st inning jams with timely double plays. Unfortunately for the Sox, a bad route by centerfielder Alex “The Great” Rios in the bottom of the third gave speedster BJ Upton a stand-up triple. Upton came home when the next batter, Rico Brignac, belted a single to right field giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.

The Sox charged back in the fourth as the 16 Rays fans in attendance looked on in frustration. After a walk to the Cuban Missile, Rios made up for his fielding gaff in the previous inning with a blast into the leftfield stands. It was his 10th dinger of the season, and more importantly it gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. They weren’t done yet. Enter Ramon Castro, backup catcher and all-around good guy. He connected with a David Price pitch in the fifth, scorching it 315-ft down the left field line and over a 5-ft tall Little League fence, giving the Sox a 3-1 advantage.

Freddy continued to be sharp on the mound, going seven innings, striking out seven and only walking two. In addition to the double play in the 1st, he was aided by another timely DP in the 5th, both of the 4-6-3 variety. Freddy was touched for one more run before he exited, as Evan Longoria drove in over-achieving Ben Zobrist in the 6th with a double. With a 3-2 lead going into the 8th, Joey Cora (acting manager while Ozzie was away at a graduation) called on the Sox bullpen.

Sergio Santos and Matt Thornton were lights-out un-hittable from the pen. Santos when 2/3 of an inning in the 8th, and Thornton went 1 1/3 to notch the save in the 9th after Gordon Beckham contributed an insurance run with a clutch base hit to score TCQ. Together, they had four strikeouts and only allowed one base-runner. Sox pitching tonight, between Freddy, Santos and Matt Thornton, was spectacular, especially against a team that many are comparing to the 1998 Yankees.

The Sox battle the Rays on Saturday night (6:10pm start-time). It will be Danks (4-3) vs.Wade Davis (4-4). This is another big game. A victory assures the Sox of a winning road-trip (a minimum 4-3 record coming home) and a split against the supposed best team in baseball. Let’s make it interesting and take the next two. Go Sox.

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 Still 7.0 games back. A lot of work to do.


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