Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Game 118

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 4

Now THAT was an exciting game. Pedro ran into some problems in the beginning, so that by the time I turned on the game around 8:00 it was 4 - 2. But the Sox mounted a two run comeback with two outs in the fourth, including a bomb by Jason Varitek onto Ted Williams Way. From there, the game stayed in an exciting tie until a third of the way through the bottom of the ninth inning, with a fantastic catch by Manny, Ted Lilly plunking Ortiz and the two getting excited about it, some tough at bats, etc. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth, Dave Roberts led off with a walk. After a botched bunt attempt (and some dancing around by Roberts, who still has no stolen base attempts with the Sox) Johnny Damon grounded into what might have been a double play, but got lucky and beat the throw to first. The Jays switched pitchers and Orland Cabrera greeted Justin Spier by hammering his slider off the center field scoreboard, where it popped into the air, giving Damon just enough time to score from first. The video feed doesn't do the event as much justice as it deserves, but MAN, what a great ending. The Sox are now 14 games over .500 for the first time this season and tied with Texas for the wildcard.

In other good news, Dr. James Andrews (aka, Doctor Number Three) has determined that Scott Williamson does not look like he will need a second Tommy John surgery. Instead, Williamson will go on a rehab and strengthening program over the next 10 - 14 days, which will determine if he is able to avoid the surgery and come back before the season is over. Like Nixon's potential return, a healthy Williamson could be very important come the playoffs, especially considering how he pitched last year. Final game of the homestand tonight, Wakefield versus Batista. GO SOX!