Finally!!!! After catching, literally, no breaks through the first 37 games, the worm finally turned for the Sox. It took 9 innings, and 2+ hours to do so, but it finally happened.
It looked like another loss to me.
1st inning: Hit, double play, hit, walk–no runs
2nd inning: Hit, walk–no runs. Juan Pierre was robbed by an amazing play by Angels 1st baseman Mark Trumbo. You get the drift, the Sox could get runners on base, just couldn’t get them home.
Adam Dunn changed that in the 3rd, smacking a laser in to the seats in right. It was one of those balls that was his so hard, that Right Fielder Torii Hunter just watched it sail over his head in to the stands. His feet never moved, he just twisted his body to watch. Including spring, I have seen every one of Dunn’s home runs as a member of the Sox, but this is the first that he smoked. Dunn would also add 3 more hits, raising his average to .213.
For the first time this year, every player in the Sox lineup is hitting .200 or better. The lowest average now belongs to Alex Rios, who is at .203.
Back to the game:
4th inning: HBP, single, double play
5th inning: Hit, hit, no runs
Up until the end, it wasn’t a good game for Alexei Ramirez, who bounced in to 2 double plays. His biggest mistake came in the 8th inning. Vizquel on 2nd, Pierre on 1st–a double steal is on, and they would have pulled it off, but Ramirez got in Hank Congers way, and was called out for interference. A possible big inning, extinguished.
But wouldn’t you know it, Ramirez would eventually score the winning run for the Sox in the 10th inning. Fortunately, for the Sox, the Angels were down to slim pickings in the bullpen so they had to turn to Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen is bad, the Sox have good hitters. You see the result.
Sox scored 5 runs in the final 3 innings, after looking dismal for the first 7. They win 6-4 in 10 innings.
Hey Paul Konerko stole a bag. Yes, it could have been defensive indifference, but it goes down as a SB.
the Kiss Cam was at it again. This time finishing off with a shot of Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos. They had fun with it, actually hugging in the pen, after making it look like they would kiss. It was actually quite funny.
Ironic that Thornton would kiss the Angels chances of comeback goodbye by throwing a perfect 10th inning. It did take a leaping grab by Konerko to do it, but still.
And did you see the last play of the game? That has to be one of the top defensive plays of the year. Torii Hunter hit a slow chopper to Konerko, who flipped it behind his back to Thornton, who grabbed it with his bare hand and outran Hunter to the bag. Check it out of you get a chance–it is spectacular.
Francisco Liriano sure looked good in his 1st start after his no-no. 3 innings, 4 tuns, 3 hits to the Tigers.
Sox are 4-2 on their west coast swing. They now head to Oakland. How about another 2 of 3.