Since the last miserable post about the Red Sox, they have actually won four out of the five games they played. From Tuesday to Thursday they played a series against the Texas Rangers and won the first two games. On Tuesday night, the Sox were down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth against the Rangers. Before the inning was over, Josh Reddick doubled on a fly ball to left field, scoring Victor Martinez and Jeremy Hermida. Reddick was then replaced by pinch hitter Darnell McDonald,a substitution that would prove extremely influential for the Red Sox. In his first at bat for Boston during the bottom of the 8th, McDonald hit a two run homer to tie the game at 6-6. Closer Jonathan Papelbon did his job during the top of the ninth by not allowing the Rangers to score, which led to McDonald's even more amazing walk off single to end the game and win it for the Red Sox!! For some reason I can't embed the video, but click here to see the walk-off hit and the Fenway crowd go wild!
On Wednesday night the 8-7 victory was somehow even more exciting than Tuesday nights game. This time the game was tied at 7-7 in the 9th, so the game had to go into extra innings. Twelve innings to be exact. In the bottom of the 12th, Kevin Youkilis became the hero of the night with another walk-off hit (this time a double) to win the game!! We did horrible last week and now have begun a walk-off winning streak...go figure with the Sox, right? Click here to see Youk's walk-off hit!
The boys weren't so lucky in the final game of the Rangers series on Thursday. Poor pitcher Clay Buchholz had 6 scoreless innings, but lost it in the seventh when he gave up three runs to the Rangers. That was all it took, and the Red Sox lost 3-0 in the end. Rangers pitcher CJ Wilson shut out our offense in the 7 innings he pitched.
Friday night began a three game series against the Baltimore Orioles, and the Red Sox took game one in a 4-3 win. Big Papi hit his first home run of the season in the second inning to give Boston an early lead. Then Hermida scored in the third and Beltre scored in the fifth to put the Sox on top 3-0. Then all of a sudden the score was tied at 3-3 after a two-run homer from Orioles's Adam Jones in the seventh, followed by Julio Lugo (former Red Sox player) scoring in the eighth. However, Adrian Beltre came through in the end by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth. Per usual, Papelbon did his job well pitching in the top of the ninth to finish the game. Click here for the highlights.
Tonight the Red Sox beat Baltimore again in game 2 by a close 7-6 victory. The Sox were down 3-1 (thanks to a homer by Varitek), but came back in an unbelievable fashion by Marco Scutaro and Kevin Youkilis hitting BACK-TO-BACK three run homers in the bottom of the seventh. Papelbon actually showed his mortality with his shaky performance in the ninth, where he gave up three runs, but somehow made it out alive and still gave Boston a win.