April 21, 2008

THE NATURAL ORDER:

It's all coming back to red-hot Red Sox (Gordon Edes, April 21, 2008, Boston Globe)

This is what happens when Manny Ramírez is ejected: Career minor leaguer Joe Thurston makes three plate appearances, Dustin Pedroia's day off is interrupted by a summons to pinch hit in the cleanup spot, and Julio Lugo, who began the game at shortstop, winds up playing in front of the Monster for the first time in his career.

Oh, and the Red Sox come from five runs down to beat the Texas Rangers, 6-5, before a gleeful crowd of 37,480 that witnessed the Sox score four times after there were two outs and nobody on in the eighth. Not quite in the class of last season's Mother's Day Miracle - Seder Surprise? The Pre-Marathon Sprint? - but an immensely satisfying win for a team that now has won four straight and eight of nine and is undefeated (5-0) in games decided in the last at-bat.

"It's just how we drew it up," said manager Terry Francona, whose afternoon looked spoiled when Milton Bradley took Tim Wakefield deep for a three-run home run that gave the Rangers a 5-0 lead in the sixth, but ended with Pedroia delivering a game-tying, pinch-hit double and Sean Casey drawing a bases-loaded walk to go ahead, seven straight Sox hitters reaching safely in the eighth. "There's something to be said for plugging away."


The Sox were obviously going to be good--and the depth they have in the high minors is astonishing (Craig Hansen, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss, George Kottaras, etc.)--but what makes establishing their supremacy this early somewhat surprising is that they've done it despite a grueling three country road trip to open the season and despite David Ortiz contributing almost nothing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2008 7:40 AM
Comments

The unexpected implosion of the Tigers means the Red Sox can pretty much have their names carved on the World Series trophy now. That the win will come against the Mets will be additionally satisfying for longtime Red Sox fans.

Posted by: MarkD at April 21, 2008 9:58 PM
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