No one would have blamed the Red Sox for losing last night’s game. Check out this list:
- Josh Beckett (flu/neck)
- Jason Varitek (flu)
- Manny Delcarmen (flu)
- Mike Lowell (thumb)
- Alex Cora (elbow)
- Coco Crisp (legs)
That’s the list of players unavailable for the game. With Joe Thurston sent back down to make room for emergency starter David Pauley, the Sox were left without a backup outfielder, one backup infielder and no backup catcher. One awkward step and the Sox could have had Dustin Pedroia catching and Julio Lugo in left field.
So here’s a one-run game I’m happy to have. The Sox simply beat up the Angels’ pitching staff — should have even won by three runs if Vlad Guerrero hadn’t turned into Superman to rob Manny of a home run and the ump had made the right call on a close play at first on Lugo.
Much like in the World Series, we saw what happens when the two hoemgrown kids at the top of the lineup are both clicking simultaneously. Ellsbury/Pedroia leading into Ortiz/Ramirez is simply an incredible combination. With the way Youkilis and Drew are hitting in the 5/6 spots, it’s no wonder the Sox have won 10 of their last 11.
It’s a good day today. That was a game the Sox could have easily chalked up in the "L" column before it even started. They gutted out a win. Championship teams do that.