Monday, September 04, 2006

I wasn't going to blog tonight, but the just-completed Red Sox win is too good to ignore.

Tonight's matchup didn't bode well for the Sox. Julian Tavarez making the spot start in place of the injured Curt Schilling against the White Sox best pitcher, Jon Garland? Chalk one up in the loss column. right? Well, Tavarez comes out and matches Garland and goes 6 and 1/3, giving up only 2 runs before leaving.

However, despite the return of Jason Varitek, Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon, the Sox offense still couldn't manage much against Chicago's pitching and entered the bottom of the 9th down 2-1. The White Sox closer, Bobby Jenks came in and walked Manny. Trot grounded out to first, moving Manny to 2nd, then Mike Lowell followed with a double, scoring Ramirez and tying the game. The Sox couldn't muster anything else in the 9th, and the game went into extra innings.

After Mike Timlin got Chicago in the top of the 10th, local boy Carlos Pena hit a walkoff homer for the win!

It was great to see the Sox come back and win this one. The team has been having so many problems lately with injury and illnesses, the fact that they never said die and took this game says a lot about their character.


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