I said we needed a miracle, and we got one (a poor Kazmir start, a great Wells start, good middle relief and great timely hitting, particularly from Mr. Clutch himself). Then we got a line drive to the knee but still held on to win. What can we take away as the Sox grow their lead in the East to two games?
- David Wells still has (had?) something in him. Initial reports are sounding good about the extent of his injury, but it’s certainly unrealistic to expect him to make at least his next scheduled start. If Wells had managed another two outs in the inning, he would have gotten a well-deserved win. Nevertheless, as he was helped off the field, he received a well-deserved standing ovation.
- Keith Foulke’s tank is rapidly approaching empty. Even so, it was truly classless for the fan behind the dugout (clearly inebriated, judging by the number of beer cups lined up in front of him on the dugout roof) to get on his case last night. Without Foulke, the Sox are on Year No. 88, and he has been a key to holding together the bullpen this year. His classiness in losing his role to Papelbon was exemplary. That he’s struggled in his last few starts is disconcerting, certainly, but no cause to get on his case. FWIW, it appears Foulke slammed the dugout phone with his glove, not his fist, for those fearing a Kevin Brown repeat.
- Rudy Seanez since May 1: 7 G, 4 GF, 9 1/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP. If he’s truly returning to form, and Riske is fully recovered and back on his game, the Sox’ bullpen might be OK after all.
- Alex Gonzalez since working with Ron Jackson for two days: 3 G, 6/11 (.545), 3 runs.
- While we all hope Wells can return and be as good as he was for 4 1/3 innings last night, we must face the reality that his chances are likely no better than 50/50. As it was, he was on a "take a couple starts and see if I still feel like retiring" basis. If we lose Wells for good, and Clement remains as inconsistent as he’s been, it’s time to look for long-term solutions that don’t involve pressing young middle relievers into starters’ roles. My vote: Jon Lester (last five games at Pawtucket: 3-0, 1.75) Give the situation here another month, then let’s see what the kid can do.
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