Had to happen sometime, right? The Sox had won nine straight against the Rangers. Tim Wakefield had gone close to a zillion starts since the knuckleball failed to knuckle. The two streaks were bound to come together — and they did, ending in spectacular fashion last night.
So what? It was a great day for the inevitable to happen: The Rays lost, the Twins lost, and today the Sox are in the same position they were this time yesterday. Today is a different story.
Today the Sox will need at least five runs to win. Paul Byrd is on the hill, ready to give up his requisite three solo home runs in a decent six to seven innings on the hill. Opposing him is Brandon McCarthy, who hasn’t done badly in three starts this season. So, we’ll see. A win here is would be nice indeed, good momentum heading into the key series with the Rays — who incidentally are losing in the seventh.