Red Sox 1 - Tigers 0
A win is a win, is a win, is a win. I don't care how we get them as long as they keep happening. The Red Sox are up in the ALCS, 2 games to 1 over the Tigers going into tonight's 8:07 PM start, where the Tigers will finally not have an ace going for the first time in the series.
Here's a couple of stats to put things in perspective as to just how bad the Sox offense is playing and yet they are still somehow ahead in the series.
43 Strikeouts, the most in a three game stretch in postseason history.
12 for 90, an average of .133 as a team.
3 for 15 with runners in scoring position, with all 3 of those hits coming in game 2.
Those are some atrocious numbers, but with some timely hitting, some help from the porous Detroit defense, and some great pitching from the Boston side as well, things are looking up so far.
Napoli, after starting the series with nothing but strikeouts and DPs, came up huge against Verlander at a time when he looked absolutely untouchable in the game. His secret to getting the big hit you may ask? He rolled down his pant legs that had been up the whole series so far and rubbed his bat on Johnny Gomes' beard before going to hit. Hey, it's only weird if it doesn't work.
Fear The Beard.
Also, I fucking love this out of my starting pitcher. John Lackey, who came up HUGE in this game, matching Verlander inning for inning, and cruising in this game at the time (at only 97 pitches) was pretty pissed when John Farrell came to yank him with two gone in the 7th.
Who thought I'd ever be saying that about John Lackey. Fucking loved it. My man Lackey's line:
6 2/3 innings, 4 Hits, 0 BB, 8 Ks, and Awesomeness.
And how about that Asian Persuasion Tandem at the back-end of the bullpen just dominating the Tigers hitters to close it out. Tazawa and Uehara shut the best part of their order down with some nasty stuff.
Now everybody High Five and get ready for tonight's Game 4. And hey Detroit, I know your city is bankrupt, but how about paying the light bill for tonight's game. That would be great, thanks.