A.J.Pierzynski. One name, one scorching player. Every time A.J. came to bat he either put it over the fence, or came close. He hit 3 bombs over the weekend against the Angels, giving him home runs in 5 straight games. With 21 round-trippers, he has already surpassed his career high of 18. With 61 RBI, he is only 16 off his career best. With free agency staring him straight in the face, he picked a prefect time to have a career season.
And it wasn’t like Pierzynski’s bombs were inconsequential shots. His 3-run blast in game one turned a 1-0 Angels advantage into a 4-1 Sox lead.
His shot in game 2 pulled the Sox to within a run of the Halos. It basically turned the momentum of the game back to the Sox.
Finally in game 3, he came off the bench to jack a 2-run shot off Jason Isringhausen, giving the Sox the lead 3-2. They won the game 4-2, so except for the walk off, was the game winner.
Pierzynski has spent a career being a clutch player, but he may not have had a better weekend then this pst one. His price goes up after every at bat.
Pierzynski has also spent a career tormenting the Halos. We all remember his heads up play in the 2005 playoffs. He has to be enemy number one in the Angels clubhouse.
Enemy number two is no doubt Kevin Youkilis. Youk did a lot of damage against the Halos when he was with the Red Sox. His Sox may have changed, but he still beats up on the Angels.
He hit over .400 this weekend against the Angels, while adding 3 home runs (2 in game 2), and 4 RBI. He also reached four times via the base on balls.
The only other offensive here for the Sox was Alex Rios, but what’s new. Rios is the zone, where ever that is. Was there anyone in the Cell that didn’t think that Rios would tag David Carpenter on Friday.
His walk-off blast in the 10th inning on Friday gave his 2 for the game, and 18 on the year.
Adam Dunn didn’t do a lot with the bat, but he sure leveled Chris Ianetta. He was like a runaway mack truck when he blasted into the Angels catcher, actually lifting him in the air when he tried to score a run Friday night. I have no idea how Ianetta held on to the ball. No normal human being should have been able to do that.
Lets give kudos to the Sox pen. In 11.2 innings the guys only gave up 2 earned runs. The Angels bomb squad gave up a whopping 7 runs in 9.2 IP.
To think the Sox almost swept the Angels without their 2 stud pitchers says something about this series. None of the starters were particularly great, but Gavin Floyd did pitch longer than expected. He battled his way through 6 innings.
However, after allowing 4 early runs, he did throw 4 scoreless frames. Let’s hope this could be a sign of things to come.
Francisco Liriano took a ball off his knee in the finale, but he was pitching well. His pitches were much more manageable (72 in 5 innings), and he only walked one. If the Sox make the post-season, Liriano will be a huge reason why.
Just a great weekend to be a Sox fan. They played clutch baseball, and still hold a 1.5 lead over Detroit in the Central Division.