So once again last night I tuned in late to the Sox game. But when I tuned in the Sox were up 6-2, so I put on some tunes for my ride home.
Well, when I got home I tuned in just to see what the final score was. Well, good thing I checked in. When I did it was now 7-4, the bases were loaded and Papelbon was on the hill with two strikes on the hitter. Great, I thought, what did he do to get into this jam.
Not his fault in the least. Nope. This was all Okajima’s fault. Following a clean Billy Wagner inning in the seventh, Tito brought in Okajima to pitch the eighth. Well, Okajima tried everything in his power to surrender the lead. Two walks, two hits, not retiring a single batter he faced. That’s when Papelbon was brought in for a six out save.
Papelbon struck out Upton, was bailed out by an amazing catch by Jacoby for the second out and that’s when I tuned in. Crawford ended up fouling out to end the inning. Sox get out of the jam.
Ellsbury added an insurance run in the ninth with an RBI triple. Then Papelbon did something he’s rarely done this year. Worked a clean ninth to close out the game.
You never want to see your closer have to pitch a six out save, but it’s September and they’re trying to win a post season spot. Three and a half games up heading into tonight’s game with Beckett on the hill. I like the Sox chances tonight. We’ll see.